Court releases Sloviansk ex-mayor Shtepa from jail, orders 24h house arrest


A Kharkiv court has changed the preventive measure against ex-mayor of the city of Sloviansk (the Donetsk region) Nelia Shtepa who is accused of separatism.

Censor.NET reports referring to UNIAN news agency.

According to the prosecution, the court has cancelled the preventive measure against Shtepa in the form of custody and placed her under round-the-clock house arrest with electronic ankle tag. The accused is not allowed to leave Sloviansk.

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As reported, the prosecutor's office insisted that the custody be prolonged, since the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine does not provide for other types of preventive measures against suspects under Article 110 (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of the state).

Ex-mayor of Sloviansk Shtepa is accused of committing criminal offenses under Part 3 of Article 110 (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, which resulted in the death of people) and Part 1 of Article 258-3 (establishment of a terrorist group or organization) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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Shtepa was detained on July 11, 2014. Speaking in court, she explained she had urged Putin to send troops to Sloviansk under threats from terrorists and took part in the interviews with Russian media "at gunpoint."Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n456163