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 Pechersk district court rejected request to arrest Yefremov on suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred

The court rejected the prosecutor's request to issue an arrest warrant for Yefremov, who had headed Yanukovych's Party of Regions' faction in the Verkhovna Rada, arguing that the prosecutors had failed to justify the charges.

The corresponding decision was announced by Judge Oksana Tsarevych, Censor.Net reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

At the same time, according to Kyivpost, "a local court in Kyiv released Oleksandr Yefremov, an ally of former President Viktor Yanukovych, on UAH60,900 ($2,794) bail on Feb. 25."

Read also: Pechersk Court to announce the decision on Yefremov's inquiry Feb. 25

Yefremov is accused of inciting ethnic hatred for his speeches at the Verkhovna Rada last year in support of Kremlin-backed terrorists.

"The hearings related to the arrest warrant have been delayed several times since last week, prompting speculation that some underhand dealings were taking place.

"The decision follows a lengthy tug-of-war over the case between the Pechersk district court, previously used by the Yanukovych regime in political cases, and the Prosecutor General's Office. Viktor Shokin, who was appointed prosecutor general earlier in February, faces pressure from civil society to investigate major corruption and murder cases against Yanukovych's entourage. There has been little progress in many of those cases since they were launched a year ago.

"Yefremov, who was detained on Feb. 14, is one of Yanukovych's few high-ranking allies who remained in Ukraine after the former president fled the country during the EuroMaidan Revolution in Feb. 2014," the article on Kyivpost reads.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n326238