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Detained Ukrainian Politician Korban Transferred To House Arrest

Hennadiy Korban

Hennadiy Korban

A Ukrainian court has ordered house arrest for UKROP party leader Hennadiy Korban until December 31.

Kyiv's Pechera district court issued the ruling on November 6.

Korban's lawyer, Oksana Tomchuk, said the court's decision would be "most likely" appealed.

Korban, 45, was initially detained on October 31 on suspicion of involvement in organized crime, embezzlement, and kidnapping, and released 72 hours later as prosecutors failed to issue an arrest warrant against him.

Korban was detained again on November 3 after investigators obtained some more "evidence" of his alleged "involvement into a number of crimes."

UKROP activists say Korban, a former deputy governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, is being harassed for political reasons.

Korban's party, the Ukrainian Union of Patriots (UKROP), was officially registered in September 2014.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax