As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, the court dismissed a motion of the detective of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau to place Trukhanov into pre-trial custody with bail option and ruled to cut the mayor loose with no delay.
MP Holubov voiced his intention to stand surety for Trukhanov yesterday.
Trukhanov was barred from leaving Odesa, prohibited to speak with a number of the city council officials and half of the Odesa City Council members, who attended the hearing as witnesses. Holubov was obliged to bring Trukhanov to court on short notice.
On Feb. 13, 2018, detectives of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) served charge papers to Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov and three officials of the mayor's office in absentia.
The investigators believe all the aforementioned persons were involved in embezzlement scheme. In September 2016, the Odesa City Council purchased a building, which used to be a part of asset package of the state-owned Kraian plant, for 185 million hryvnia from a private firm which purchased the entire asset package for 11.5 million hryvnia at an auction organized by the receiver of the state enterprise in early 2016.
The prosecutors requested the court to place Trukhanov in pre-trial custody with an option to post 50 million hryvnia (about $1,845,000) in bail.