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You're reading: Prosecutor’s Office: Court rules to detain Crimean prime minister Aksionov, speaker Konstantinov

Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv has granted a petition of pre-trial investigation agencies requesting detention of Serhiy Aksionov, whom the Crimean parliament appointed the prime minister of the autonomous republic, and Speaker of the Supreme Council of Crimea Volodymyr Konstantinov.

The court issued this ruling on Wednesday, March 5. Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine must deliver them to the court, where it will choose a preventive measure for them, the press service of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine said this in a statement.

Acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine Oleh Makhnitsky said earlier that criminal proceedings were opened against a number of politicians, including Aksionov and Konstantinov. They are charged with an attempt to forcibly change or overthrow the constitutional order or seize the state power, an encroachment on the territorial integrity and other crimes against the state.

Makhnitsky also warned that any action taken by these persons will not have any legal consequences.

These actions include the preparations of a referendum, which cannot be held as a relevant decision of local authorities is unlawful, he said.

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