Pechersk District Court of Kyiv selected a restriction measure for the associate of Mikheil Saakashvili Severion Dangadze in form of arrest for 2 monthd, the correspondent of 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.
The court strengthened security measures - the hearing was guarded by several dozen law enforcers. About 20 supporters of Saakashvili came to support him, however, not all could get into the hall, as law enforcement officers work in an enhanced regime, they surrounded the courtroom and do not let people close to the tribune.
Prosecutors demanded to detain Dangadze for 60 days. They said that Dangadze allegedly in agreement with Saakashvili turned through a confidant to businessman of Viktor Yanukovych times, Serhiy Kurchenko with a proposal to finance Saakashvili’s activity. And for that he promised to support Kurchenko's business interests.
Lawyers asked for a house arrest for Dangadze. The defendant himself said he was not involved in this case, that all materials are falsified.
Lawyers will file to the Court of Appeal and say that they have not heard any evidence on the case today. Severion Dangadze himself says that he considers this case political pressure on him and Saakashvili. He also noted that was not hiding from the investigation.
Press secretary of Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko Larysa Sargan added in Facebook that the article "Encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine" does not provide for the right of bail.
"By decision of the Pechersk court, Severion Dangadze was arrested for 60 days without the right to bail (Part 2, Article 110 of the Criminal Code does not provide for an alternative to bail)," Sargan said.
As it was reported earlier the US State Department of State urged all sides of the incident with the detention of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former head of Odesa Regional Administration to respect the supremacy of the law and avoid the violence. Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the US State Department of State said.
The US State Department follows closely the situation in Kyiv and insists on its de-escalation as Nauert noted.
'We are in the close contact with the government of Ukraine and we have the good relations but it does not mean that we agree on everything with them. We urge the authorities of Ukraine to de-escalate the situation. We urge all sides to avoid the violence and follow the supremacy of law and international commitments', she claimed.