SBU officer came out to the nationalists who brought Brazilian Rafael Lusvarghi, a former DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LNR (Luhansk People’s Republic), to the building of the institution and promised to check what Lusvarghi is doing in Kyiv and question him. Radio Svoboda broadcasted it.
“At your request, we will check his stay in Kyiv…I am taking him to identify and conduct the investigation concerning this person,” SBU representative said.
Besides, SBU representative promised to question Lusvarghi on his activity as a militant.
“SBU is taking Lusvarghi and promises to conduct the investigation and find out what was he doing in Kyiv,” Marian Kushnir, Radio Svoboda reporter, wrote on Twitter.
At the same time, SBU officer informed that they continue conducting the judicial proceedings and investigation.
Olena Hitlyanska, SBU Spokesperson, stated that it remains unknown whether Lusvarghi will be detained, as Hromadske reported.
“Lusvarghi will be kept in the investigators’ office, where they will hold a preventive discussion with the detained. I cannot predict his future and whether he will be detained,” Hitlyanska said,
Being asked is there any legal basis for the detention and if there is an opened criminal proceeding on the case, Hitlyanska answered:
“I am not aware of that. There was a sentence, but for now, I cannot claim there are reasons to detain him. Our experts are to question him, and then the procedural decision will be made. I am not authorized to give out any details”.
The journalists along with the nationalists stay near the SBU building.
Earlier, the journalists noticed Lusvarghi in St Pokrovsky Holosiivskyi Monastery in Kyiv.
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, of the creations of illegal armed formations and sentenced him to 13 years of imprisonment with a 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 on 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.
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 Government.
The nationalist caught Lusvarghi and brought him to SBU building on May 4.