The electronic tracking device that was put on her by police three days ago has broken, Shtepa told TSN, Censor.NET reports.
She said the device went off on Sept. 24 in the evening. The bracelet was sent to Kharkiv for a repair, and the suspect taken under 24h security.
Shtepa says she planned to embellish the bracelet with stones, but didn't have time to do that. She plans to start tomorrow in the court, she said.
The judges explained that Shtepa was released home with a tracking device because she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and pancreatic diabetes, which could not be treated in the prison. In addition, the judges did not find any evidence that Shtepa could flee.
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.
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."