Arrest of ex-Donbas militant Lusvarghi extended for two months

Source : 112 Ukraine

He will be held in custody until October 19
18:43, 21 August 2018


Pavlograd City District Court of Dnipropetrovsk region has extended the arrest of Brazilian Rafael Lusvarghi for two months as the court reported on Facebook.

"Due to the appeal of the prosecutor, the court extended the action of the restrictive measure chosen for the defendant in the form of the arrest for two months or October 19, 2018," the message said.

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The next court session will take place on October 9, 2018.

As it was reported earlier, SBU officers detained Lusvarghi in October 2016 when he was crossing Ukraine’s border in D terminal of the Boryspil airport.

A couple of months later, in January of 2017, Kyiv Pechersky District Court found the Brazilian guilty of the formation of a terrorist organization, of the creations of illegal armed formations and sentenced him to 13 years of imprisonment with a confiscation of property. He became the first non-Russia foreigner sentenced by Kyiv for the participation in Donbas war.

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Kyiv Court of Appeal canceled the sentence on August 2017 and returned the Lusvarghi case for a retrial.

Later, the pre-trial restriction for Lusvarghi was changed. The militant will be released on personal commitment, according to which he cannot leave Kyiv and has to inform the court about the change of residence and appear in court on the first request.

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Igor Volk, the prosecutor on the case, initiated the change of the preventive measure. He applied to the court with this request on December 15. In around two weeks before the hostage exchange, when Ukraine passed 233 people, 73 prisoners came back to the territory controlled by the Government.

The nationalist captured Lusvarghi and brought him to SBU building on May 4.

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