Ukraine prosecutors complete investigation of Maidan shootings: suspects face life in prison
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has completed the pre-trial investigation of the Maidan deadly shootings of 2014 and is ready to take the case to court, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says.
"We completed a pre-trial investigation against those responsible for the executions at the Maidan," Lutsenko told Pryamyi TV channel.
"We have all the evidence to take the case to court, including a scientific independent examination saying that the Yanukovych team, SBU head Yakymenko, Minister of Interior Zakharchenko, and their subordinates' actions led to the execution of civilians at the Maidan," said Lutsenko.
The prosecutor general noted that the charges against former leaders of the state provide for life imprisonment.
"In addition to the 150 law enforcers now tried for violence at the Maidan, another fifteen people will be tried in absentia – those led by and including Yanukovych – heads of security forces who are responsible for giving a criminal order," explained Lutsenko.
As UNIAN reported, Lutsenko said that the investigation and independent experts see the connection between the actions of the runaway president Yanukovych, then Interior Minister Zakharchenko and “a number of other law enforcement officials”, but it is difficult to restore the full picture.
However, the investigation gathered all the documents that will help announce suspicion notices to those involved in the executions of people at the Maidan in 2014.