John Dalhuisen: "Moscow’s Supreme Court has again overlooked the evidence and upheld the prosecution case in this propaganda-driven show trial [of Stanislaw Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk]"

posted 29 Oct 2016, 01:16 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Oct 2016, 01:18 ]
“Russia’s case against these men defies reason. The numerous fair trial violations and the unconvincing prosecution evidence all point to a fabricated case. They were denied access to their lawyers of choice and allege that their confessions were forced from them as a result of torture. 
Rather than taking the opportunity to correct this blatant travesty of justice, Moscow’s Supreme Court has again overlooked the evidence and upheld the prosecution case in this propaganda-driven show trial. [...] The Russian authorities must investigate the serious allegations of torture at the hands of its law enforcement personnel, as well as the denial of access to a lawyer. [...] To ignore Stanislav Klykh’s medical condition, despite the evidence demonstrating his vulnerability, is cruel and inhuman. He must be assessed by an independent medical professional as soon as possible.”

- John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office Director, on the trial of Stanislaw Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk.

On 26 October 2016 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the convictions of two Ukrainians, Stanislaw Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk, f killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya in the 1990s, despite both providing credible evidence that they were not in the unstable region at the time. Moscow’s Supreme Court upheld sentences of 22 years in jail for Karpyuk and 20 for Klykh. Amnesty International said the two men are the victims of a travesty of justice.

Background from Amnesty International:
Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh were arrested, while visiting Russia, in March 2014 and August 2014 respectively. They had both been members of the Ukrainian right-wing group, the Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian Peoples’ Self Defence (UNA UNSO), which is banned in Russia. They were convicted by Chechnya’s Supreme Court in May 2016 of being members of a group of fighters that killed 30 Russian soldiers during the conflict in Chechnya from 1994–96. Both men have denied all the charges, stating that they were in Ukraine at the time of the alleged crimes. Karpyuk was caring for his dying mother who lived in a village near Rivne, Ukraine, while Klykh was a student taking exams. The conviction was based on the two men’s confessions, allegedly extracted under torture, and the testimony of one other witness, Aleksandr Malofeev, a member of UNA UNSO who is also in jail for the killings of Russian servicemen.

'Russia: Ukrainians tortured to confess to Chechnya killings lose appeal against "grossly unfair" jail sentences,' Amnesty International, 26 October 2016