The appellate court of Luhansk region decided to hold a court session on the case of the former leader of fraction of Party of regions Alexander Efremov in the city of Starobilsk in Luhansk region.
«Luhansk court of appeals… in Severodonetsk closed session in the case of the former head of fraction of Party of regions Alexander Efremov. The panel of judges considered the question of determining territorial jurisdiction of criminal proceedings against Ephraim, and decided that consideration of this matter should Starobilsk district court», — said the TV channel «112.Ukraine» on Tuesday, January 10.
The protection of Ephraim said he believes the transfer of the case to a court of Luhansk region baseless and insists that consideration took place in Kiev, as the capital is a pre-trial investigation body.
As reported, Yefremov is suspected of organizing the seizure of the building of Luhansk regional state administration; aiding in the capture of a building of management of SBU in the Luhansk region; the Commission of a deliberate action to change the borders of the territory and the state border of Ukraine; assistance in the establishment and activities of the terrorist organization «LNR», as well as treason.
January 3, Ephraim and his lawyers handed the indictment.
Recall that Ephraim was detained on suspicion in infringement of territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine on July 30 at the airport of Kiev. In addition to encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of the country, Ephraim is charged with direct support of a criminal organization «LNR», as well as misappropriation of company property «Luganskugol».
Efremov was convinced that not guilty of the crimes incriminated to him by the attorney General.
24 November, the court again extended the arrest of Ephraim to 22 January 2017.
Judge Ephraim will not be in Severodonetsk and Starobilsk – media 10.01.2017