Holosiivsky Court of Kyiv has arrested Valery Chornobuk, the ex-head of the Appeal Court of Crimea suspected of the state treason as Andry Lysenko, the spokesperson of the Prosecutor General’s Office reported on Facebook.
“Holosiivsky Court of Kyiv, on November 5, 2018, at 9:00 am has considered the appeal of the prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on the choosing of the restrictive measure for ex-chairman of the Appeal Court of Crimea Valeriy Chornobuk. On the results of the consideration of the appeal, the restrictive measure was chosen in the form of the detention,” he noted.
Larysa Sargan, spokeswoman of Ukraine’s prosecutor general, specified to Ukrainian News that the arrest is without a right for a bail and its term is two months.
Ex-Head of Crimean Appeal Court was detained in Kyiv on November 3.
Chornobuk chaired the Appeal Court in Crimea from December 2011 until April 2014. The Ukrainian law enforcement bodies put Chornobuk on the wanted list in July 2018.
Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko claims that the former head of the Appeal Court of Crimea is suspected of having committed an offense under the Art 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (state treason). According to the Prosecutor General, Chornobuk carried out subversive activities, in particular, he helped Crimean courts to administer justice on the basis of Russian legislation.
According to the investigation, Valeriy Chornobuk cooperated with the occupation authorities during the annexation of Crimea by Russia. In particular, on March 24, 2014, at the court session, he urged judges to learn the Russian legislation and receive Russian passports.
Chornobuk himself denies the accusation of separatism.