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Ex-foreign minister arrested for two months

He is suspected of involvement in murder.

Ex-foreign minister arrested for two months
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Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court has upheld prosecutors' request to place former Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara into custody for 60 days, judge Andriy Trubnykov has announced.

The court has also granted him a bail of 14,833,400 hryvnyas. If Kozhara deposits the bail, he will have to wear an electronic bracelet, report to investigators at first call and refrain from communicating with witnesses and victims.

The current ruling is effective until 25 May.

A former direct of Inter TV and director-general of Atlantic Group, Serhiy Starytskyy, died from a gunwound in Kozhara's house on 21 February. At the time, there were three people in the house: the Kozhara couple and their guest. All of them were drinking alcohol.

Kozhara's wife said that the guest had shot himself in the head from Leonid's pistol. However, new details that emerged the next case suggested that he could not commit a suicide. Therefore, police opened a case on deliberate murder.

The Kozhara couple were not considered suspects at first.On 2 March, police failed to hold a crime re-enactment because Kozhara checked into a hospital and his wife was not home either.

Kozhara was in charge of the Foreign Ministry from 24 December 2012 to 23 February 2014 when President Viktor Yanukovych was in office.

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