18:44 16.08.2017

Court releases Shabunin on personal recognizance

Dniprovsky District Court of Kyiv has chosen the pretrial restriction in the form of a personal recognizance to head of the NGO Anti-Corruption Action Center Vitaliy Shabunin.

The court partially granted the prosecutor's request for a personal recognizance at a meeting on Wednesday.

In accordance with this court's ruling, Shabunin must notify the investigation and the court about changing his place of residence or place of work.

These obligations are imposed on Anti-Corruption Action Center for a period of not more than two months, until October 14 of the current year. This ruling of the court is not a subject to appeal.

Earlier on Wednesday, law-enforcement officials served Shabunin a notice of suspicion for premeditated assault pursuant to Part 1 of Article 122 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Prosecutors asked the court to release Shabunin on his own recognizance pending trial.

Prosecutors allege that "on June 8 the Anti-Corruption Action Center head on Lebedev St. in Kyiv punched citizen 'F' in the face, causing moderate damage." Evidence includes a video clip of the incident, medical examination of the victim, witness statements and the like.

"However, given the appeal to the law enforcement agencies of the media representatives and the public about the incompatibility of the injured journalist's status, the article about the infliction of bodily injuries in connection with his professional activities has not been incriminated yet. Information on the victim's involvement in journalistic activities, as well as motives for causing bodily harm, will be carefully checked, after which a corresponding procedural decision will be taken," the prosecutor's office of Kyiv said.

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