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Road Control lawyer Viktor Smaliy finally released

24.02.14

Viktor Smaliy was arrested on Dec 9 2013 while representing his client, Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya. He was charged initially with attempted murder, then attempting to inflict light bodily injuries on a judge. The charges were absurd and seemed both part of a general offensive against the civic watchdog Road Control and a lesson to other lawyers to watch their step..

See: Viktor Smaliy remains in detention on farcical charges

Smaliys release was announced in the Verkhovna Rada by parliaments authorized representative for working with the Prosecutor Generals Office, Oleh Makhnytsky who said that Smaliy was the last activist to be held in custody.

It is not quite clear whether Smaliy is still facing charges or whether these have been dropped.

see also:
Viktor Smaliy remains in detention on farcical charges
New Year in Prison for Peaceful Protest
Bankova Prisoner Yaroslav Prytulenko still in custody
Bankova Prisoners release from custody - welcome but insufficient (updated)
The Real Roundtable Agenda
Repression gaining pace
Road Control journalist becomes latest "Bankova Prisoner"
Road Control journalist detained
Ukrainian Road Control journalist granted asylum in US
Road Control journalist on worrying criminal charge