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Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's bodyguard released on bail

17:24 26/10/2012

KIEV, October 26 - RAPSI. The Kiev Shevchenkovsky District Court has dismissed on Friday investigators' request to keep former President Leonid Kuchma's bodyguard in detention and released him on $9,562 bail.

Mykola Melnichenko has been accused of disclosing state secrets. His handcuffs were removed in the hall.

The Security Service and the Border Service detained Melnichenko at the Boryspil International Airport on October 24. Previously, the Prosecutor General's Office brought charges against him for disclosing state secrets, abuse of power, and creating artificial evidence.

Previously, Melnichenko, while living in the United States, claimed that he had audio recordings that could prove former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's involvement in the assassination of Aton financial corporation head and MP Yevheny Shcherban at the Donetsk airport in 1996.

On Friday, he told journalists that he came back to Ukraine, as he was in danger in the United States. He did not specify the nature of the threat. He also said that he is determined to act as a witness in a number of criminal cases.

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Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's bodyguard released on bail

17:24 26/10/2012 The Kiev Shevchenkovsky District Court has dismissed on Friday investigators' request to keep former President Leonid Kuchma's bodyguard in detention and released him on $9,562 bail.
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