AFTER 12 years in custody in Slovakia, Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Yegorov, charged with several murders, was deported to his homeland. The court in Trnava released him based on the ruling of the Constitutional Court on September 17. Since Yegorov had already been expelled from Slovakia, and thus could not remain in the country, he was deported to Ukraine on September 19, the TASR newswire reported.
The Constitutional Court accepted Yegorov's objection to the verdict issued by the Trnava Regional Court in September 2011 over his custody. The court ruled on June 5 that Yegorov’s basic right to personal freedom, guaranteed by the constitution, and his right to freedom and security, guaranteed by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, had been violated, the SITA newswire wrote.
Yegorov, considered to be the head of an organised crime group since the late 1990s, has been prosecuted in various cases. The gang allegedly operated in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine and Belarus, and was involved with leasing and insurance fraud and car theft, as reported by TASR. Yegorov has been in custody since 2002.
The verdict over the administrative deportation was issued in July 2010 after the Bratislava Regional Court upheld the four-year sentence for money laundering from exporting stolen cars for Yegorov. Yet, he could not leave the country as the court remanded him into custody due to other charges, according to SITA.
Yegorov has already served his punishment in custody. It is so far the only case for which he was found guilty in Slovakia.
In addition to money laundering, Yegorov faced charges in another two cases. The district court in Trnava is dealing with a case over organising the 1999 murder of Miloš Žilinek, co-owner of erotic saloon Dallas in Galanta. Yet, it is possible he will not attend the hearing, scheduled for October 1, because of his deportation, TASR wrote.
In addition, the Bratislava Regional Court judged the case of several murders committed by Yegorov with three other people. The court sentenced them to life in February 2009, but the Supreme Court cancelled the verdict and returned it to lower-instance court, TASR wrote.
Source: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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25. Sep 2013 at 14:00