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Ukrainian court temporarily releases captain of Nord ship

Photo: rbc.ru

Ukraine's Kherson city court has decided to release from custody the captain of the Crimean Nord ship Vladimir Gorbenko until next hearing, which is scheduled for Friday, April 6.

"They released him, until the main proceedings, the cap is free," Anna Sheveleva, the spokesperson the Kerch May 1 Fishery Farm, told RBC refusing to comment further.

In an interview with Interfax, the lawyer of the captain Alexander Rudenko called his release "the first success." "The judge sustained our motion, made a correct and balanced decision, did not go on a leash of the investigators and refused to consider his arrest, as they demanded," said the advocate.

As RIA Novosti reports, according to the press secretary of the Crimean Prosecutor's Office (the structure of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine) Tatyana Tikhonchik, the court session was postponed till Friday for technical reasons. It was also reported that the term of detention determination expires on Thursday evening.

Earlier EADaily reported that Captain Vladimir Gorbenko was taken to the Security Service of Ukraine, where he was hospitalized in one of the hospitals.

The Nord vessel with a Russian crew onboard was detained by Ukrainian border guards on March 25, and then arrested.

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