22 October 2016

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Ukrainian prosecutors invite country leaders, including president, for interviews

The Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has invited Ukrainian leaders, including President Petro Poroshenko, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, Zakarpattia Governor Hennadiy Moskal, and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk for interviews as part of an investigation into crimes against Euromaidan activists in January-February 2014.

Prosecutors want to interview senior officials / Photo from UNIAN
Prosecutors want to interview senior officials / Photo from UNIAN

"Presently, PGO investigators invite many politicians and senior officials who can give investigators important information about events during the Euromaidan," Larysa Sargan, press secretary of Chief Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

Ukraine's Supreme Court says judges in Maidan rulings broke judicial oaths"This information will be important for investigating the crimes and establishing the truth. The PGO's special investigation department has invited Petro Poroshenko, Arseniy Yatsenuyuk, Oleksandr Turchynov, Vitaliy Klitschko, Andriy Parubiy, and others who witnessed the events," she added.

UNIAN memo. More than 100 people, later dubbed the Heavenly Hundred Heroes, were killed and dozens were injured during the Euromaidan events, which started on November 30, 2013, and ended when the then president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country on February 22, 2014.

The PGO in 2014 began criminal proceedings against former Berkut riot police officers Oleksandr Zinchenko and Pavlo Abroskin. They are suspected of killing 39 Maidan activists on Instytutska Street in the center of Kyiv on February 20, 2014.

Two years later, on February 10, 2016, the PGO, which has witnessed the repeated reshuffle of chief prosecutors, announced that it had also completed an investigation into a case involving three more former Berkut police officers, – Oleksandr Marynchenko, Serhiy Tamtura, and Oleh Yanyshevsky – and had sent their case to court.

These individuals are charged with committing an act of terror, abuse of office, deliberate homicide, attempt to murder and resistance to peaceful rallies, as well as kidnapping people and hiding weapons after committing crimes.

These criminal cases have been combined into one Berkut case.

A PGO document / From
A PGO document inviting Moskal for testimony / From

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