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Court extends arrest of ex-Donbas militant Lusvarghi

The native of Brazil was detained at Boryspil international airport in October 2016
16:16, 25 January 2019

Rafael Lusvarghi, ex-Donbas militant
Radio Liberty

Pavlogradsky District Court of Dnipropetrovsk region extended the detention of Rafael Lusvarghi, suspected of terrorism. The detention period is extended for 60 days, till March 24, 2019, as Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office reported on Facebook.

Besides, the court added all the written testimony of the prosecution under the application of the prosecutor. The court has also revised three video recordings, which confirm that the accused participated in the Russian terrorist groups and illegal armed formations.

Next court hearing is scheduled for February 14 at 10:30 am. The court will question four prosecution witnesses, including ATO participants.

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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 and the creations of illegal armed formations. They sentenced him to 13 years of imprisonment with 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 in 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 Ukrainian government.

The far-right Ukrainian activists captured Lusvarghi and brought him to the SBU building in Kyiv on May 4.

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