Politician arrested over 4-year old case released on signed undertaking



Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine reports that the Dnipropetrovsk politician, leader of the civic organization Hromadska Syla [Civic Force] and businessman, Zahid Krasnov  was released from SIZO [pre-trial detention centre] on 18 May on a signed undertaking not to leave the area. He had spent a week in detention.

As reported, Zahid Krasnov was taken into custody on 11 May after a criminal investigation was initiated over a road accident which happened four years ago.  The investigation over the accident on 17 January 2008 was terminated in 2009, apparently without any objections from either party and with the consent of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

The Dnipropetrovsk Regional Police Press Service denies any political motive. They report that the investigation has been reinstated at the decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office over an accident in which the driver of the other car received serious injuries.

Krasnov has on a number of occasions stated that he plans to stand for election in the parliamentary elections. Ukrainski Novyny writes that according to some reports, he might get the support of the rightwing VO Svoboda Party. 

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