24 October 2016

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Ukraine's chief prosecutor sees more separatism-related detentions in future

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko does not rule out the future detentions of new suspects, noting that they could be detained soon on charges of attempting to violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and involvement in the creation of terrorist organizations in Donbas, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

Lutsenko invites civil society to cooperate in combating separatism / Photo from UNIAN
Lutsenko invites civil society to cooperate in combating separatism / Photo from UNIAN

"Mr Yefremov is one of the suspects in the case of creating terrorist organizations and the infringement upon the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine. We would like to consider the activities of a greater number of officials, who were ordinary participants in such criminal organizations. Therefore, we need the cooperation of civil society," Lutsenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Saturday, July 30, in which he discussed the detention of former chairman of the Regions Party's parliamentary faction Oleksandr Yefremov.

Trial of Yanukovych's ally Yefremov suspected of separatism begins Aug 1"A larger number of persons are suspected of committing the crimes Mr Yefremov is accused of. In the future, we expect the investigation will go on, with new detentions possible," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Yefremov was detained at Boryspi Airport on July 30, where he, according to the Prosecutor General's Office, was attempting to leave for Vienna, Austria. Chief Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said that Yefremov is suspected of committing deliberate actions to redraw the borders of Ukraine, of involvement in the creation of the "LPR" terrorist organization and misappropriation of property from the Luhanskvuhillia coal company.

Additionally, the Prosecutor General's Office will request that the court arrest Yefremov for a period of two months. According to Lutsenko, the articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine to be applied in the Yefremov prosecution do not provide for collateral or house arrest as a preventive measure.

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