Kiev Court To Hear August 20 Vyshinsky's Appeal Against Extension Of Detention - Lawyer
Sumaira FH 11 days ago Tue 13th August 2019 | 01:50 PM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 13th August, 2019) Kiev's appellate court has postponed to August 20 the hearing of the appeal that the defense team of the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal, Kirill Vyshinsky, has made against a district court's decision to extend the defendant's detention, Vyshinsky's lawyer, Andriy Domansky told Sputnik on Tuesday.
If convicted of the charges, the journalist faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. His arrest has been prolonged several times.
Russia has repeatedly said that Vyshinsky's arrest is politically motivated and demonstrates the former Ukrainian authorities' unacceptable policy of targeting journalists.
Harlem Desir, the representative on freedom of the media at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, has also expressed his concern over Ukraine's actions toward Vyshinsky and called for the journalist's release.