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Court detained former MP Shepelev for 2 months

Shepelev is accused of attempted murder, embezzlement, and state treason
08:22, 10 February 2018

Ukrainska Pravda

Pecheskyi district court of Kyiv chose the preventive measure for ex-MP Oleksandr Shepelev on Feb. 10, as Unian reports.

He is to be detained until April 8. Shepelev can appeal to this decision in the next 5 days.

The prosecution noted that this decision was made according to the court decision of March 2015, as a preventive measure had been chosen for him then before he fled.

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The hearing was partly closed. Before it, Shepelev said that he had been kidnapped a few days before and tortured to give away information about Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs, and then - that he allegedly was left near Kyiv, where the police arrested him.

As we reported earlier, former MP Shepelev was detained on Feb. 8. When searching him, the police found an ID badge of the so-called ministry of state security of the “DNR”.

Back in 2012, he was accused of embezzling funds of Rodovid Bank in the sum of over $8 million,  as well as participating in the embezzlement of $11,6 million allocated for re-financing the National Bank in March-May 2009.  Moreover, he is suspected of an attempted murder of former shareholder of Rodovid Bank Serhiy Didchenko.

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He was detained in Hungary in July 2013, and then extradited to Ukraine. On June 6, 2014, he ran away from the hospital where he was detained and treated after extradition. Interpol started looking for him in September 2014. In less than a year, he was found not far from Moscow and detained by a Moscow court.

In April 2015, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine addressed their Russian counterparts inquiring to extradite the former official. However, in August 2016, the Russian Prosecution officially refused to extradite Shepelev and released him.

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