Radical Party MP Mosiychuk faces remand in custody, goes on hunger strike

21:58, 18 September 2015
Ukraine
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Kyiv's Pechersk district court has ruled that Member of Parliament from the Radical Party Ihor Mosiychuk shall be remanded in custody, having thus satisfied a motion filed by the Prosecutor General's Office.

MP Mosiychuk, stripped of deputy immunity, is facing up to 12 years in prison / Photo from UNIAN

The verdict was announced by investigating judge Volodymyr Karaban on Friday, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

The prosecutors had requested a two-month detention for Mosiychuk because he could abscond, harass witnesses and destroy evidence.

The prosecutors accused Mosiychuk of committing serious crimes and demanded imprisonment for up to 12 years as his punishment.

The defense said that the prosecutors had not provided any proof of Mosiychuk's committing the crimes.

During court hearings, Mosiychuk said that already on Thursday morning he knew about law enforcement agencies' plans to detain him, and if he had planned to flee, he would have done that, but he had not. What was more, he said, he was among those MPs who voted for stripping him of deputy immunity.

After the verdict had been read out, Mosiychuk announced hunger strike. "Yes, I announce hunger strike since the very moment," he said.

The court's ruling may be appealed at the Kyiv Court of Appeals within five days.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 17, the Verkhovna Rada agreed to prosecute, detain and arrest MP Mosiychuk, as was requested by the Prosecutor General's Office. He was shortly after detained in the parliament's building.

According to the Office of Public Relations and Mass Media of the General Prosecutor's Office, Mosiychuk is suspected of committing criminal offenses under Part 4 of Article 368 (acceptance of the offer, promise or receipt of undue advantage by an official); Parts 2, 3 of Article 296 (hooliganism), Parts 1, 2 of Article 350 (threats or violence with respect to official or citizen fulfilling a public duties); Part 1 of Article 376 (interference in the judiciary); and Parts 1, 2 of Article 377 (threats or violence with respect to the judge, lay judge, or a juror) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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