According to the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleksandr Dikusarov, April 16 held its third meeting in Tripoli on the case of detained CIS citizens. It was attended by all the detained citizens of Ukraine, the Ukrainian ambassador to Libya and the consul. The prosecution once again read the charges to the detainees and asked if they agree with him. They all rejected their guilt and disagreed with the accusations made and against them.
Discussion noted that during the trial the prosecution asked the court to postpone the consideration of the case due to the need to attract additional materials. The lawyers of the detainees also appealed to the court with the same request, citing their desire that they needed time to study the case materials.
According to the diplomat, all citizens of Ukraine feel satisfactory, on April X they will be visited by representatives of the embassy.
Meanwhile, earlier Stanislav Selivanov, a legal adviser on international issues of the Ukrainian company Pravoshchita, said that the conditions in which detained citizens of the CIS are held are extremely difficult.
According to him, the captives are kept in a warehouse converted into a prison. There are no basic conditions of hygiene, staying in such conditions for such a long time has already begun to affect the health of prisoners. Many have discovered chronic diseases, their hair began to fall out and their teeth began to crumble due to poor nutrition and water.
Citizens of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus - all 27 people working at the Dakar Russian-Libyan oil company - were detained by rebels in late August 2011 during the fighting for the Libyan capital. At first they were called mercenary snipers, who fought on the side of Gaddafi. However, later it turned out that the "snipers" did not have weaponsand about half of the detainees are elderly people, hardly fit for military service.
Currently, 25 of them are in captivity - two Russians, three Belarusians and 20 Ukrainians (according to other sources, 22 or 19). Two more citizens of Ukraine, including the only captured woman, were recently released to their homeland.
Moreover, if the Ukrainian side is taking some visible steps to rescue its compatriots from captivity, the behavior of Russian diplomats raises a number of questions. The Russian Foreign Ministry for a long time refused to comment on the media about the trial of Russians in Libya, as well as the Libyan embassy in Moscow.
Only in early April, the Russian Foreign Ministry officially confirmed the fact of the detention of Russians in Libya. Apparently, the process started was a complete surprise for Moscow - the Libyan authorities until the last moment assured the diplomats that the Russians were arrested by mistake and their case would not come to court, a high-ranking source in the diplomatic department told the Kommersant newspaper.
According to experts, with the help of the process, the new Libyan authorities are exerting pressure on Russia due to the exacerbation of the situation in Syria. According to the president of the Institute of the Middle East, Yevgeny Satanovsky, the newspaper Kommersant voiced by him, militants are now being transferred to Turkey from among the units of the Transitional National Council of Libya to strike Syria.
According to one of the detained Russians, Alexander Shadrov, diplomats could have solved their problem much earlier. "Probably, they were waiting for some kind of power to be there, but they needed to negotiate with the brigade commander, who keeps us under protection," he said.
As one of the detainees says, a good lawyer could easily ruin the accusations against them, but his services need money - about 160 thousand dollars for each defendant. The man claims that he was quoted by the Russian consul in Libya, who immediately stressed that they had no such money.