Ukrainian PM's ex-interpreter charged with spying for Russia released from custody

09:40, 04 July 2019
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The court ruled to release the former official from custody and imposed a 24-hour house arrest, as reported by the Prosecutor General's Office press service.

"Despite the prosecutors’ reasonable objections, the court satisfied the petition of the defense and changed the preventive measure of the accused from custody to 24-hour house arrest with an ankle monitor applied," the statement reads.

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The PGO stressed that the court rejected the prosecutor's motion to extend the period of remand "despite the well-founded accusation of him having committed a grave crime against the fundamentals of Ukraine’s national security and the existing risks that give reasonable grounds to believe that the accused can perform actions provided for Part 1 of Art. 177 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, and the inability to prevent these risks through the use of milder measures, except for remanding him in custody."

Opportunities to appeal such rulings of first instance courts are not yet provided for by the existing Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, added the Prosecutor General's Office.

UNIAN memo. On December 20, 2017, the Security Service of Ukraine announced the exposure of the official of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers, who had acted in the interests of Russian special services. Security officials established that the official had been recruited by Russian military intelligence during one of his long foreign deployments.

According to the deputy chief of the Main Investigative Department of the Security Service of Ukraine, Vitaly Maiakov, Yezhov had been collecting information on the instructions of the Russian military intelligence (GRU). The Kremlin said they had "read the news" about the detention of the Cabinet secretariat's official.

Yezhov is accused of committing a criminal offense under Part 2 Art. 28, Part 1 Art. 111 (high treason) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

On June 25, the Constitutional Court allowed the preventive measure for persons detained on suspicion of or charged with high treason, terrorism, and a number of other grave crimes (Articles 109-114-1, 258-258- 5, 260, and 261 of the Criminal Code) to be eased.

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