David Arakhamia / Photo from UNIAN

Chairman of the of Servant the People parliamentary faction David Arakhamia has said he personally stands against the appointment of Oleksandr Babikov, former lawyer of fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, as deputy director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

Speaking at a TV panel show "Svoboda Slova" [Freedom of Speech], Arakhamia said the faction will voice its general position following its next meeting, Ukrayinska Pravda wrote.

Lawmakers are now working in their constituencies, the report reads.

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"If you ask my personal position, I am categorically against this... I will categorically not support such a decision," Arakhamia said, adding that he heard about the appointment for the first time while at the panel show.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Babikov was appointed first deputy director of the State Bureau of Investigation.

Earlier on January 20, lawyer for victims of Maidan killings Yevhenia Zakrevska said that the appointment of Babikov to the post of the SBI's first deputy director could translate into a breakdown in cases against Yanukovych.