Met. Feodosiy is again attempted to be closed in pre-trial detention centre

11 November 2023 15:26
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Metropolitan Feodosiy taking the floor at the UN. Photo: cherkasy.church.ua Metropolitan Feodosiy taking the floor at the UN. Photo: cherkasy.church.ua

The defence believes that the threat of a new trial and possible detention is pressure on the bishop for his speech at the UN.

On Monday, November 13, 2023, at 11:00, the next court hearing over Metropolitan Feodosiy of Cherkasy and Kaniv is scheduled to take place at the Sosnivsky District Court in Cherkasy.

As it became known, the Cherkasy Regional Prosecutor's Office in cooperation with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) filed another petition with the court to change Metropolitan Feodosiy's preventive measure from house arrest to detention (imprisonment in a pre-trial detention centre).

Thus, having received a refusal to take Metropolitan Feodosiy into custody in the Kyiv-Svyatoshynskyi District Court in the capital, the prosecutors will try to hold him through the court in Cherkasy.

According to the defence, this legally unfounded request of the Prosecutor's Office is nothing but an attempt of pressure, intimidation and reprisal against Metropolitan Feodosiy for his human rights activities, and first of all – for his speech in defence of the UOC at the UN Human Rights Council.

In case of the unlawful detention of the human rights activist bishop, the NGO at the UN Economic and Social Council is preparing a petition for intervention by the UN Special Rapporteur (mandate holder) on the situation of human rights defenders.

As reported, the court kept Metropolitan Feodosiy under house arrest for another two months.

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