16:30 19.08.2017

Pretrial detention for Rozenblat extended until Oct 17

Ukrainian Channel 5 TV has reported that pretrial confinement for Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada member Borys Rozenblat has been extended until October 17.

"MP Rozenblat is obliged to wear an electronic bracelet and is not able to leave premises proscribed by the court without the permission of prosecutors," the report says.

Rozenblat is a suspect in the so-called "amber case."

As reported, in June, Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk reported a scheme of illegal amber mining, in which MP Rozenblat and MP Maksym Poliakov of the People's Front faction were involved. The amount of received bribes exceeded UAH 300,000.

On June 21, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko requested the parliament should give its consent to prosecution, detention and arrest of these two parliamentarians.

On July 12, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada conceded to prosecution of Poliakov and Rozenblat, but voted against their detention and arrest.

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office requested UAH 10 million bail as a preventive measure for Rozenblat.

On July 18, Kyiv's Solomiansky District Court chose a pretrial restriction for Rozenblat in the form of a UAH 7 million bail and an obligation to wear an electronic tracking bracelet, not to leave Kyiv and Zhytomyr without notice and to hand over all his foreign passports.

Rozenblat told media on July 24 that his family had posted the required bail amount.

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