Kyiv court released a key suspect in the case of downed Boeing from custody. Russia is seeking his extradition

05 September 2019, 13:36

Today, September 5, the Kyiv Court of Appeal released the person involved in the case of the downed MH17 flight Vladimir Tsemakh, Radio Liberty reported.

Zemakh was released in the courtroom on personal recognizance.

According to media reports, Tsemakh is listed among those whom Russia seeks to receive in exchange for Ukrainian political prisoners.

After the court hearing, prosecutor Oleg Peresada said that Zemakh’s life could be in danger.

“His life may be threated, since a lot of attention is paid to Tsemakh, especially in the context of the Boeing investigation. I noted in court that it is an important element in establishing the truth in this proceedings. We understand that our northern neighbor is quite tough on people who are dangerous for them,” he said.

When asked by QHA media correspondent whether the SBU plans to detain Zemakh on any other charges, the SBU spokeswoman Olena Gitlyanskaya replied: “We are not commenting.”

Earlier, 40 Members of the European Parliament wrote a letter to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in which they asked not to include Tsemakh in the list of prisoners exchanged with Russia.

According to a number of media reports, the Russian Federation requires Ukraine to extradite Tsemakh as part of an exchange of prisoners. This version was also supported by the Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, former political prisoner Ilmi Umerov. He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin backtracked on the issue of prisoner exchange between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, setting the condition – to extradite Zemakh.

QHA media published material telling who Vladimir Tzemakh is and what role he plays in the potential exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia.