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 Party of Regions’ ex-leader Yefremov to remain in detention until Nov. 24

Kyiv Appeal Court upheld the decision of the Pechersk district court of Kyiv to remand ex-leader of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Oleksandr Yefremov suspected of infringement on Ukraine’s territorial integrity in custody until Nov. 24.

The relevant operative part of the ruling was announced by Presiding Judge of the Kyiv Court of Appeal Ivan Rybak Oct. 18, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

"After hearing the explanations of the parties to the proceedings, examining the case files, the panel of judges decided to affirm the decision of the Pechersk district court of Kyiv and dismiss a complaint filed by defense of suspect Oleksandr Yefremov... No appeal lies against the decision," the judgment reads.

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Yefremov's defense spent several hours insisting on a non-custodial pretrial restriction against him due to his alleged innocence and the fact that he was scrupulously attending and taking active part in other hearings, did not flee from prosecution.

In turn, the prosecutor insisted that Yefremov was suspected of committing grave crimes, which provided no other pretrial restriction except for custodial, and therefore the court should leave the decision of the court unchanged.

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As reported, Yefremov was detained in Boryspil airport the morning of July 30 on suspicion of infringement of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The detention was intended to prevent a possible escape of the suspect. In the evening of the same day he was indicted.

The PGO had detained Yefremov previously. He had been arrested with the possibility of release on a 3.7 million hryvnia bail and bailed out by former Party of Regions MP Borys Kolesnikov.

The court ordered the notorious politician to wear an electronic bracelet.

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

As also reported, several criminal proceedings have been instituted against him.

Aug. 1, 2016, the Pechersk district court of Kyiv remanded Yefremov in a 60-day custody.

Shortly after, another former Party of Regions deputy Volodymyr Medianyk was detained as a suspect in the Yefremov case.
 
 
 
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