"They told us to come on Tuesday. So we intentionally arrived at 8.30 a.m. We were told that the person in charge was at the meeting. We were supposed to obtain the necessary certificate from this person once the meeting is finished. But it never happened. He [Gorbenko] has not been cut loose for some bureaucratic problems although they had to do it back on Friday," Scherbyna said.
Tetiana Tykhonchyk, the spokeswoman for prosecutor's office in charge of Crimea, told Interfax-Ukraine that Gorbenko will be released on Tuesday. However he was obliged to come for questioning to the investigator of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) every Monday, she said.
"The captain of the vessel is still in Kherson-based remand prison. He will be released as soon as the treasury receives the bail bond," Tykhonchyk said.
According to her, after that the captain of Nord will be free to return home to the occupied Crimea where he lives.
She also said that if Gorbenko fails to come for questioning to the mainland Ukraine Kherson-based SBU’s Main Directorate in charge of Crimea, he may be put on the wanted list and issued an arrest warrant against.
As for the trawler’s crew, the spokeswoman says its members are now being questioned as witnesses at the SBU Directorate in charge of Crimea under criminal proceedings initiated against the captain, after which they will be cut loose.
Earlier, the employees of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation tried to smuggle Nord’s crew out of Ukraine on the night of April 8.
The day before, the vessel’s crew members were fined for unauthorized entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and leaving it.
On March 25, the Ukrainian Border Guard Service arrested the fishing vessel flying the Russian flag in the Ukraine's water zone of the Sea of Azov. The check showed that the vessel had previously called into Crimean ports in violation of the Ukrainian legislation.
On April 4, arrested vessel’s captain Vladimir Gorbenko was brought to Kherson for bail hearing. He was charged with violation of the order of entry into the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it under part 2 of article 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On April 6, Kherson city court remanded Nord’s captain in pretrial custody until May 31. He was later bailed out after 35,240 hryvnia (about $1,330) was posted for him.