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 Court releases ex-commander of Kharkiv Berkut from custody

The Pechersk district court of Kyiv placed former commander of the Kharkiv Berkut Company Vladyslav Lukash under house arrest. The person was previously held in custody under suspicion of involvement in bludgeoning of Euromaidan activists on Instytutska Street in Kyiv Feb, 18 2014.

An informed source from the Prosecutor General's Office told to Ukrainski Novyny, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, the court granted the petition of the Prosecutor General's Office and changed the pre-trial restriction for the defendant Dec. 2.

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The court prohibited him leaving the place of residence in Sumy between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. The court also obliged him to arrive to the investigator and the judge upon the first request as well as hand over his passport. The suspect was as well obliged to wear an electronic monitoring device and refrain from communicating with former officers of Kharkiv Berkut.

The ruling is valid through Feb. 2, 2016.

Lukash was the commander of the Kharkiv Berkut Company and the deputy head of the Sumy police.

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