The Kharkiv region Appeals Court granted the petition filed by the defenders of Aleksandrovska regarding her pretrial restriction by changing it from custodial detention to 24/7 house arrest, former MP's counsel Oleksandr Pasternak told correspondent for MediaPort, Censor.NET reports.
"The court has partially granted our appeal as we requested to completely lift the pretrial restriction. The Kharkiv region Appeals Court changed the pretrial restriction from custodial detention to 24/7 house arrest. Alla Aleksandrovska was released from custody in the courtroom. She must stay at home, come to the investigator, prosecutor, or court if summoned for further investigation or legal proceedings," Pasternak said.
Aleksandrovska was also obliged to wear an ankle tracking device.
"The court provided no explanations. Only the introductory clause and resolution part of a court decision were read out. There is indeed such a regulation in the national legislation that stipulates pretrial custody only. But in our opinion, it is unconstitutional, contrary to the practice of the European Court, which we have been constantly referring to. We also referred to the fact that the suspicion served under article 110 was unfounded. We will be able to tell what reason has been or has been not taken into account by the court after we obtain the document," Pasternak explained.
The prosecutors insisted that the pretrial restriction (custodial detention without the right to post a bail) remained unchanged. The press service of the regional prosecutor's office suggested that the main reason for pretrial restriction change was the fact that the suspect required medical assistance which could not be provided in the detention facility.
As reported, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained Aleksandrovska June 28, 2016.
She is suspected of infringement of the territorial integrity and inviolability of the state and bribing an official.
According to the SBU, Aleksandrovska and her son Oleksandr, who fled to Russia, attempted to bribe the leadership and members of local councils in Kharkiv region so that the councils adopted appeals to the parliament and the president regarding the amendments to the Constitution in terms of federalization.