Investigation into acitivities of ex-Interior Minister prolonged

12:29, 25 March 2008
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Tsushko escaped from Ukraine?

UNIAN. The two-month term, stipulated by the legislation for carrying out an investigation into the criminal case, connected with the seizure of the Prosecutor’s General Office, finished on Monday. Due to the necessity to carry out a number of additional investigative actions on the case, the period of the investigation was prolonged for another four months, Kommersant-Ukraine daily reports.

According to the information of the daily, the investigation was prolonged because presently the matter concerns the investigation not into facts by into concrete people, in particular, ex-Interior Minister of Ukraine Vassyl Tsushko. This suggestion is confirmed with procedural norms of establishing periods for investigation. Thus, in line with the Criminal-Procedural Code, the investigation of criminal cases brought against concrete people may be prolonged only in particularly difficult cases. Besides, according to the information of the daily, all the investigative actions, which were not connected with V.Tsushko, were already carried out. Now they have just to interrogate V.Tsushko.

- Does Mr.Tsushko avoid collaborating with the investigation? – the daily asked deputy prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin.

- Well, he is not in Ukraine at present – he said. According to OU-PSD lawmaker Victor Shemchuk, member of the Verkhovna Rada committee for legislative provision of law-enforcement activities, the investigation may choose in the current situation. “They may keep on investigating into the case and wait until V.Tsushko appears in the Prosecutor’s General Office, which he had attacked. Otherwise they may put him on wanted list, and stop the investigation. But it is up to the investigator to decide”, Mr.Shemchuk pointed out.

Meanwhile, it became known that Vassyl Tsushko, who is presently recorded as a witness on the criminal case, has already signed a contract with former Kyiv Appeal Court judge Yuri Vassylenko, who agreed to be his lawyer in case is the ex-Interior Minister is accused.


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