The Court of Appeal decided not to change the restraint measure for activist of [internet magazine] “Road Control”*
The Court of Appeal of Kyiv held a meeting to change the restraint measure for Andrew Dzindzi activist [journalist for the internet magazine] “Road Control”, in which the judge decided to leave the measure – two months in detention – in force.
Reports the correspondent from LB.ua.[video: Andrew Dzindzia in the Court of Appeal of Kyiv]
Andrew Dzindzia himself, after the announcement of the Court of Appeal, said: “Do not be afraid of prisons, but if we lose Maidan, we lose Ukraine.”
Defenders of the activist asked to change the restraint measure to one that would not keep him in custody. The prosecutor insisted on signing Dzindzia’s custody because he, according to the prosecutor, “fled the scene of the crime” and is “suspected of a particularly serious crime.”
At the beginning of the meeting, representatives of TV channels asked the court to permit video during the trial. The prosecutor said he “sees no need for this.” As a result, the judge banned the shooting the proceedings.
Dzindzia’s lawyer also filed a petition to invite witnesses, but the court refused it.[video: Andrew Dzindzia after the announcement of the Court of Appeal]
Dzindzia himself believes that the decision on Victor Smaliy, his lawyer, who is accused of attempted murder of a judge – is absurd.
Recall, Dzindzia is accused of stealing a tractor, which was involved in an attempt to storm the Presidential Administration building on December 1st. Shevchenko district court of Kiev has identified a restraint measure for him in the form of a two month arrest.
*For reference: “Road Control” is a civic initiative that spots bribery and abuses among the Ukrainian Road Police, and fights those cases.
On poster: “Do not be afraid of prisons, but if we lose Maidan – we lose Ukraine.”