Kyiv SBU ex-head Shchoholiev, tried for counter-Maidan operation, left in custody

The Kyiv court of appeal has rejected a complaint about the arrest of Oleksandr Shchoholiev, former head of the SBU in Kyiv and Kyiv region suspected of involvement in the murders at Maidan.

This decision was announced on Thursday by presiding judge Oleksandr Bets, Censor.NET reports referring to Ukrinform.

"The ruling of the investigating judge of the Pechersk district court in Kyiv of Nov. 18, 2015, which upheld prosecutor's request... for the extension of detention of Oleksandr Shchoholiev until Jan. 3, 2016 inclusive, without the right to bail, is to remain unchanged, with defender's appeal in the interest of Shchoholiev not to be granted," he said.

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On Sept. 29, the Prosecutor General's Office completed a pre-trial investigation and provided the defense with the case files. Oleksandr Shchoholiev, former head of the SBU in Kyiv and Kyiv region, led the counter-Maidan operation on Feb. 18-20, 2014 during the Revolution of Dignity and is suspected of being involved in killing and wounding loads of people, setting the House of Trade Unions on fire, and other crimes.

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