2 Oct 2017 20:05

Dynamite possession case against Ukrainian Balukh sent back for review

SIMFEROPOL. Oct (Interfax) - The Supreme Court of Crimea on Monday overturned the conviction of a local resident, Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Balukh, who was earlier found guilty by the Razdolnensky district court guilty of possessing explosives and sentenced to three years and seven months at a penal settlement. The case has been sent back to the lower court.

"The criminal case must be returned and considered by another panel of judges," Balukh's lawyer Olga Dinze told Interfax.

The Supreme Court appeal was filed by the Ukrainian's lawyers. Balukh remains in custody. "The case will return to the lower court; accordingly, we will declare the return of the case to the prosecutor," Dinze said.

The Crimean farmer was detained in December 2016 after law enforcement officers found cartridges and TNT blocks in the attic of his ex-wife's house.

Balukh considers the case fabricated.