ON JUNE 25, TAMBOV REGIONAL COURT HEARS THE APPEAL ON REJECTED PAROLE FOR EVGENY VITISHKO
If court denies parole under appealate procedure, Evgeny Vitishko can only apply for parole six months later
Environmental prisoner Evgeny Vitishko informed Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus that on June 25 2015 in Tambov regional court will consider an appeal on the decision to reject his parole. This information was confirmed on the site Tambov Regional Court.
Evgeny Vitishko was convicted in a trumped-up case on the «damaging a fence» on the site of the dacha of the former governor of Krasnodar region, Alexandr Tkachev, and is serving a sentence in a penal colony №2 in the Tambov region.
The complaint was filed by Vitishko’s counsel, Sergey Loktev. The meeting will begin at 10:00. The matter will be heard by a panel of judges chaired by the Judge Alexey Istomin.
The Kirsanovsky District Court denied parole for Evgeny on April 15, 2015. Judge Yury Losev took the position of the administration of the colony whose members strongly opposed the release of Vitishko and dismissed the request about parole on a formal basis; according to the documents provided by the administration of the prison colony, he has seven repremands. Losev failed to acknowledge the completely ill-founded and artificial nature of these penalties and the key fact Vitishko should never have been penalized in the first place.
The coordinator of EWNC, Andrey Rudomakha, commented on the situation with the upcoming court: “This trial is the next phase in a terrible story about how an innocent person, who was only engaged in human rights activities, was first convicted to a conditional sentence in a fabricated decision, and then deprived of his freedom. Despite the fact that it is not 1937, each judge who has reviewed Vitishko’s case has one after the other simply stamped the decision that has nothing to do with justice. I hope very much that this judge, who will review Vitishko’s case will not be just another cog in this legal system in determining the fate of people. The importance of this court decision is that if the Tambov regional court refuses to approve the complaint, then a new appeal about the early release of Evgeny can only be heard after six months.”
By Environmental Watch On North Caucasus, revised
More information: (904)21918551, Sergey Loktev