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 PGO requests 60-day arrest for Yefremov

The Prosecutor General's Office requested the court to impose 60-day pretrial confinement against former Head of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Oleksandr Yefremov.

Censor.NET correspondent reports from the courtroom.

A member of the Prosecutor General's Office said that Yefremov tried to put pressure on the experts involved in the investigation of his case, as well as stayed in touch with fugitive Ukraine's officials able to help him flee the country and avoid criminal prosecution.

Yefremov also provided false home address where he actually did not resided. The prosecutor also noted that a great number of people have expressed desire to testify against Yefremov, however many of them were scared. "Therefore, if he is at large, he would be able to interfere with the witnesses which would complicate the trial. Taking into account these risks, I request to impose 60-day pretrial confinement against him," the prosecutor said.

Watch more: Pechersk court guarded by Spetsnaz due to hearing in Yefremov case, protesters gather outside. VIDEO+PHOTOS

Earlier, media reported that former chairman of Party of Regions' parliamentary faction Oleksandr Yefremov had been brought to Pechersk district court of Kyiv Monday morning.

Prior to that, July 30, Prosecutor General's Office detained Yefremov under suspicion of violation of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The PGO had already arrested ex-MP Yefremov. He was arrested with the possibility of release on 3.7 million hryvnia bail and bailed out by his colleague MP Borys Kolesnikov.

The court ordered the controversial ex-deputy to wear an electronic bracelet.

According to the investigators, the current charges against former MP Yefremov are related to financing of separatists in the Luhansk region.
 
 
 
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