Security Service of Ukraine opened the criminal proceedings against the leader of the right-wing radical movement C14 Yevhen Karas over the actions to Brazilian Rafael Lusvarghi, accused of participating in illegal armed groups in Ukraine. This was announced by Valentyn Rybin, Lusvarghi’s lawyer on Facebook.
"The Chief Department of the Security Service of Ukraine has registered information to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations on the commission of a terrorist act and kidnapping (of Brazilian Rafael Lusvarghi) by С14 representative in the center of Kyiv on May 04, 2018," he wrote.
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 captured Lusvarghi and brought him to SBU building on May 4.