Odesa court releases far-right activist Sternenko from custody

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court has chosen a measure of restraint in the form of round-the-clock house arrest
16:57, 9 April 2021

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Odesa's Court of Appeal released the radical activist Serhiy Sternenko from the pre-trial detention center and placed him under 24-hour house arrest. Sternenko announced this on his Facebook page. 

“The Court placed me under round-the-clock arrest. I was obliged to hand over my foreign passport," he wrote. 

Sternenko's lawyer, Masi Nayem, also said that the defense had filed an appeal, which the court will consider on April 16.

Related: Sternenko appeals, demands immediate release from custody

Serhiy Sternenko was earlier found guilty of abducting a person and sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison. This decision was made by the Prymorsky Court of Odesa.

The court recognized the seized during the search items as admissible evidence. Sternenko himself claims that the search of his home was carried out without a lawyer, with whom he was not allowed to contact. The testimony of local deputy Serhiy Shcherbych, who accuses Sternenko of his abduction, was also found credible.

The court also ruled for the confiscation of half of Sternenko's property as a punishment and decided to take the activist into custody in the courtroom.

Related: Far-right Sternenko allies vandalied President's Office in Kyiv, damages estimated at about $ 72,000

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