PRIEST DETAINED AT DONETSK CHECKPOINT CARRYING TWO GRENADE LAUNCHERS FROM ATO ZONE
Portal-credo.ru, 3 August 2016
A certain priest who was arrested in Donetsk province at a checkpoint in the village of Mangush was trying to take two grenade launchers and six grenades out of mainland Ukraine. This was reported 1 August by EspressoTV, citing the Department of Communication of the police of Donetsk province.
"At around 17.00, police who were ensuring the safety of road traffic, during inspection of an auto, discovered that the priest, who was returning home from the ATO [Anti-Terrorism Operation] zone, had 4 PGD-5 grenades, 2 F-1 grenades, and 2 RPG-18 grenade launchers," the report said.
The police department noted that the 47-year-old man explained that he is a priest, that he spent the last two weeks in Marinka and Volnovakh, and he was now returning home by car. The man was carrying "gifts" as a memento of the ATO zone, in order to "stun fish."
An investigative operational group of the Mangussky police department is working at the site. The weapons were confiscated.
The incident was entered into the Uniform Register of Pre-trial Investigations of Ukraine on the basis of part 1, article 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Illegal dealing in weapons, military supplies, or explosive devices). Such a crime is punishable by up to 7 years incarceration.
The reports do not mention the jurisdictional affiliation of the priest, but most likely he is a chaplain from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 August 2016)
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