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Ukrainians accuse each other of kidnapping in Bávaro

A former Ukrainian legislator and mayor Volodymyr Vasiliovich Saldo is in pre-trial custody for the supposed kidnapping of a fellow countryman in the Bávaro area. However, he is claiming to be the true victim of the kidnapping.

A court in Higuey has to issue the sentence for coercive measures this week at the latest, and is expected to order Saldo and Bulgarian Georgi Kastandinov to spend three months in pre-trial detention in the hope that the person who reported the kidnapping and the public prosecution service will come up with the evidence.

Defense lawyer Manuel Moquete said that he was hoping his clients would be freed from the Higuey jail shortly. Saldo, who is 60 and 53-year old Kastandinov were arrested on 19 August 2016 at a residence in Bávaro. They are accused of kidnapping Ukrainian Denys Pashchenko for a period of 50 days.

Pashchenko, aged 33, who was arrested in Greece in 2015 accused of bank fraud in Andorra, said that Saldo and Kastandinov tied him up, held him prisoner and tortured him with electric shocks to persuade him to pay an old debt. The police said that Pashchenko arrived at the police station by taxi on 19 August with his hands and feet still handcuffed after apparently fleeing his captors.

Pashchenko told the court the same story at the end of August and Saldo and Kastandinov were jailed.

However, Moquete says that his clients were the true victims as Pashchenko changed his story when it was actually him who kidnapped Saldo.

According to Saldo, who was a legislator in Ukraine between 2012 and 2014 and mayor of Jerson from 2002 to 2012, he arrived in the Dominican Republic at the end of June, supposedly invited by Pashchenko to negotiate the payment of a debt of 300,000 euros.

Moquete stated that shortly after his arrival, Pashchenko kidnapped Saldo and threatened to harm his family in Ukraine if he continued to pursue the debt. After holding him prisoner for 50 days, Kastandinov intervened so that they would both come to an agreement and Saldo was freed.

According to the lawyer, Saldo made the error of not complaining about his kidnapping, and he and Kastandinov were jailed as they were both flight risks.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Sep 9, 2016

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