PGO arrests four ex-Berkut fighters suspected of Maidan killings

21:02, 24 June 2016
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Investigators of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) have detained four Berkut [police special forces] officers of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Department in Kharkiv region, who are suspected of crimes against Maidan Square protests, spokeswoman for Ukraine's PGO Larysa Sargan wrote on Facebook.

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According to Sargan, the detention took place on June 23.

The spokeswoman informed that former Berkut officers were suspected of having committed actions, in the execution of a manifestly criminal order, aimed at illegal obstruction of holding meetings, rallies, marches and demonstrations and abuse of power and official authority, which resulted in serious injuries to 35 citizens, as well as the commission of premeditated murder of two or more persons on preliminary arrangement by a group of persons.

Sargan added that one of the detainees was charged with committing murder of one person during those events.

At the public prosecutor's request, the court ruled to remand all the suspects in custody. The PGO investigators have conducted a number of searches, during which they have detected and seized weapons and ammunition at the suspects' places of residence, as well as other items and things that have evidentiary value in the pre-trial investigation of the criminal procedure. The pre-trial investigation is underway.

Sargan stated that the detainees have been working with the National Police of Ukraine.

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