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Prosecutors ask $35 million bail for ex-president

Added 01-17-22 02:37:02pm EST - “Ukrainian prosecutors have asked a court in Kiev to set bail for former president Petro Poroshenko at $35 million, or send him to jail for two months. He faces accusations of treason, which he insists are politically motivated.” - Rt.com

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Ukrainian prosecutors have asked a court in Kiev to set bail for former president Petro Poroshenko at $35 million, or send him to jail for two months. He faces accusations of treason, which he insists are politically motivated.

To avoid jail, Poroshenko, now the one of the country's main opposition leaders, needs to surrender his passport, post bail and agree to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, prosecutors told the presiding judge at the Pechersky District Court, in Kiev, on Monday.

One news outlet, Channel 24, reported that Judge Aleksey Sokolov had a medical emergency ahead of the decision and an ambulance was dispatched to treat him, but the court denied this.

Poroshenko left Ukraine last month after he received a summons to be interrogated about the possible charges. He flew back from Poland on Monday, saying he wanted to help Ukraine face the “growing threat of Russian invasion” and “betrayal” by his successor Volodymyr Zelensky.

“The authorities are confused, weak, and instead of fighting [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, they are trying to fight us,” he told his supporters in a speech before heading to court to be formally charged.

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