Kyiv court has decided that Oleksandr Yefremov, the former chairman of the Regions Party parliamentary faction and an ally of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, should be held on remand for two months.
Thus, the court satisfied the motion by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine. The Prosecution asked the court to impose a two-month remand on Yefremov as he might seek to exert pressure on investigators and shunt the investigation if other measures, other than a remand, are selected.
"Furthermore, the suspect has enough money to leave Ukraine and avoid responsibility," Ukrainian Prosecutor Pavlo Kozhukhovsky said.
Read also: PGO to file updated, amended materials on Maidan, Yanukovych cases to ICC
Yefremov was detained at Boryspil Airport on July 30 while trying to leave for Vienna, Austria.
Yefremov is charged in connection with complicity in the creation of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, premeditated attempts to redraw the borders of Ukrainian territory in breach of the Constitution of Ukraine and other crimes against the country.