Anti-corruption activist Shabunin served notice of suspicion for premeditated assault – media
Law-enforcement officials have served Anti-Corruption Action Center head Vitaliy Shabunin a notice of suspicion for premeditated assault, the press service of the National Police of Ukraine has told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Kyiv Post reported.
"The notice was served in agreement with prosecutors pursuant to Part 1 of Article 122 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," police spokeswoman Oksana Blyschyk said, according to Kyiv Post.
Prosecutors will ask the court to release Shabunin on his own recognizance pending trial, a spokesperson for the Kyiv Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) said.
Read alsoAnti-graft watchdog reveals corruption schemes in agrarian sector for $78.1 mlnIf convicted of assault, Shabunin could be imprisoned for up to five years.
On July 8, the Center for Information on Human Rights reported on the conflict between Shabunin and Vsevolod Filimonenko near the Dniprovskiy recruitment office in Kyiv. Filimonenko in turn used pepper spray against Shabunin. In turn, Snabunin said that he punched Filimonenko in the face for insulting his colleague.
It became known on August 2 that the Investigation Department of the Fiscal Service of Kyiv had initiated criminal proceedings against the leaders of the non-governmental Anti-Corruption Action Center.
Shabunin says the case is built on trumped up charges.
Filimonenko is an aide to Ukrainian MP Serhiy Melnychuk.