Prosecution asks 14 years in jail for militant Lusvarghi

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court extended the detention of the defendant up to May 16, 2019
15:50, 20 March 2019

Rafael Lusvarghi, ex-Donbas militant
Radio Liberty

The court debates in the criminal proceeding on the accusation of Brazilian citizen Rafael Lusvarghi of participation in the terrorist organizations and armed formations not provided by the law took place at Pavlogradsky District Court of Dnipropetrovsk region on March 19 as Prosecutor’s Office of Kyiv reported.

“During the debates, the prosecutor supported the whole volume of the evidence listed in the court and asked the court to establish the punishment in the form of the arrest for 14 years with the confiscation of property for defendant,” the message said.

In his turn, Lusvarghi pleaded guilty in the participation in the armed formations not provided by the law during the debates; however, he denied the participation in the terrorist organizations.

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The court extended the detention of the defendant up to May 16, 2019 and appointed the delivering of the final statement on May 2, 2019.

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.

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

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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.

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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