Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko announced from the tribune at the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday about his resignation from the post.
"I am applying for the resignation to the President of Ukraine today; so that there are no doubts like someone is clinging to power. And the parliament should consider this issue. I’m asking you to do it this week. I did my work and I will do it."
Earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada summoned the leaders of law enforcement bodies to listen to the report about the investigation of the death of Kateryna Handziuk.
On November 5, a statement, signed by 73 public organizations, was published.
One of its main requirements was the resignation of the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, “due to their inability to reform the law enforcement system."
"The investigation of the attack on Kateryna Handzyuk once again showed the obvious inability of the law enforcement system to effectively investigate both this and a number of other attacks on civilian activists that happened in different regions of Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity."
Investigation of Kateryna Handziuk’s murder. Details
Yuriy Lutsenko reported that the investigation has information about the possible involvement of 12 people in the attack on Kateryna Handziuk.
“Handziuk herself spoke about several of them during the Skype conversation with the investigator and during her interviews. I draw attention to the fact that she expressed suspicion about three of these persons to me personally, and she told more to the investigation.”
He added that the parliamentary Temporary Investigation Commission will not have what to work on until investigation is completed because of the secrecy of the investigation.
367 people were questioned and 21 forensics were appointed and done within the investigation of Handziuk case.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the meeting with Kyiv young people on November 6 said that the investigation considered over 20 versions of the Handziuk murder.
What is Temporary Investigation Commission?
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has created a Temporary Investigative Commission (TIC) to investigate attacks against the public figures.
TIC was headed by non-fractional MP Boryslav Bereza. It is a collegiate body responsible for monitoring the investigation of issues that are of the “public interest.” Creation of TIC must be supported by at least one-third of the Ukrainian parliament. Conclusions and decisions of TIC are not decisive for the investigation and the court.
TIC has quite a controversial legal status. A separate law on the TIC has not been adopted; today its activity is regulated by the Verkhovna Rada Regulations.
Back in 2009, the MPs attempted to adopt a law on TIC. Subsequently, this law was declared unconstitutional.
When was Lutsenko appointed?
Yuriy Lutsenko was appointed at the post of the prosecutor general on May 12, 2016. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the draft regulation on his appointment by the voices of 264 MPs. The document was signed by President Petro Poroshenko. At that time Lutsenko said that he saw himself as head of the General Prosecutor’s Office "for no more than a year and a half."
In September 2018, he promised to resign after the presidential elections in Ukraine, scheduled for March 31.
Rating vote for Lutsenko’s resignation
Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy put the issue of Lutsenko’s resignation for a rating vote. Only 38 deputies supported the resignation.