Maidan trial: Court rules to arrest ex-SBU chief, commander of interior ministry's troops

15:20, 06 March 2020
Kyiv
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Kyiv's Pechersk district court has ruled to remand in custody former senior officials of Viktor Yanukovych regime, namely two heads of law enforcement agencies charged with complicity in grave and especially grave crimes against Maidan protesters during the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014.

The court handed the relevant judgment on March 4, the press service of the Office of the Prosecutor General said on Friday.

According to UNIAN sources in law enforcement agencies, the indicted persons are former Head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Yakymenko and former Commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine Stanislav Shuliak.

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Former officials have long been hiding from the investigation and court outside Ukraine, presumably in Russia.

They have been put on wanted list.

"Such court decisions will allow prosecutors to launch the process of extradition of suspects and allow the application of special preliminary investigation and conviction in absentia," the prosecutor's office said.

Criminal proceedings launched June 23, 2017, investigate into ex-president Viktor Yanukovych standing behind abuse of power by law enforcers. Such abuse of power was aimed including at hindering mass rallies, marches and demonstrations, which ultimately led to mass casualties among protesters. Charges include murder and attempts on life of participants in mass protests downtown Kyiv, as well as a terror act committed from February 18 to February 20, 2014.

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