The middle finger flashed at the Ukrainian president in frustration has prompted official charges.
In a statement issued on Thursday, state prosecutors said they formalized charges against the MP in connection to the incident that took place in the Verkhovna Rada last Thursday.
Geo Leros hurled ‘insults’ and showed the Ukrainian president an ‘obscene gesture in contempt to moral norms’, said State Bureau of Investigation, arguing it qualifies as blatant ‘disorderly conduct’ and carries a punishment of ‘up to 6 months in prison’.
The MP who was earlier kicked from the Zelensky’s ‘Servant of the People’ launched a scathing rant Thursday blaming the Ukrainian president for political persecution and pressure.
Cut off by the speaker, the visibly frustrated lawmaker gave the finger to Zelensky who came to the parliament to introduce his new ministerial appointments.
Нардеп Гео Лерос назвав @ZelenskyyUa «головним зрадником України».
Реакція спікера Стефанчука була блискавичною — Леросу вимкнули мікрофон.
І так, відео дивитись до кінця 😉 pic.twitter.com/RGk2XHKnR1
— Букви (@Bykvu) November 4, 2021
In his statement on social media, Geo Leros struck a defiant mode stressing that he will ‘fight for justice’. He also doubled down on his allegations that Zelensky ‘sold Ukraine oligarchs’ and ‘conspires with the Kremlin behind our backs’.