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Kyiv’s Pecherskyi District Court orders to remove electronic tag from Russian-aligned church metropolitan Pavlo

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Kyiv’s Pecherskyi District Court orders to remove electronic tag from Russian-aligned church metropolitan Pavlo

The Pecherskyi District Court in Kyiv ordered the removal of the electronic tag from Metropolitan Pavlo (born Petro Lebid) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), who was involved in subversive acts against Ukraine.

Source: press service of Kyiv Oblast Prosecutor’s Office in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda

Details: On 30 April, the Pecherskyi District Court partially satisfied the petition, notwithstanding the prosecutor’s request that the accused metropolitan’s duties be restored in full.

By the court judgement, Metropolitan Pavlo is no longer required to wear an electronic tag.

However, the accused is still required not to leave his residence without a court order, save in circumstances of imminent danger to life or health. The prosecutor’s office further stated that he must not communicate with victims or witnesses in criminal proceedings.

Quote: „The prosecutor’s office did not get the complete language of the ruling, and only the operative section was announced at the hearing, making it impossible to determine what inspired such a court decision. The full text of the verdict will be released on 6 May.

The court verdict is not subject to review.“


On April 1, Pavlo was served with a notice of suspicion of violation of citizens‘ equality based on their religious preferences, and justification, recognition as legitimate, or denial of the Russian Federation’s armed aggression against Ukraine, or glorification of its participants.
The Security Service of Ukraine said it had gathered substantiated evidence that Petro Lebid was involved in inciting religious hatred and justifying and denying Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine.
In the courtroom, Lebid stated that he was „against aggression“, but did not mention Russia as the perpetrator.
On 1 April, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court in Kyiv placed Metropolitan Pavlo under round-the-clock house arrest until 30 May, but on 14 July the Solomiansky District Court changed the preventive measure to detention with the possibility of making bail of more than UAH 33 million (about US$894,000).
On 7 August, it became known that Lebid was released on bail to get out of the pre-trial detention centre.
In October, the Security Service of Ukraine finished the investigation against Pavlo and sent the indictment to court.

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