The court has obliged to open the criminal investigation against ex-president Petro Poroshenko and former National Security and Defense Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov for disruption of the fulfillment of Minsk Agreements as NewsOne reported citing Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk.
“You know that the power abuse was committed toward which the court made a decision that it is necessary to register this criminal proceeding and starts its investigation. The Prosecutor General’s Office did not really want it because the answer that we received from the prosecutor general – either me or my colleague Kuzmin – was something like this, that these are different points of view; it is concerns; it is evidence-free conclusions. And we need to confirm that in September 2014, in the parliament of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of VIII convocation, the law of amnesty was adopted, which is provides – its adoption – by point 5 of Minsk Agreements. And this law was passed to the sign of chair of the Verkhovna Rada Turchynov who ‘lost’ it somewhere; to be precise – he did not sign it intentionally and did not pass it to Poroshenko for a sign,” Viktor Medvedchuk noted.
According to the opposition politician, either Poroshenko or Turchynov were well aware of it.
“It is the first thing. Secondly – the whole country knew about it because there were the results of the voting and results of the consideration of this bill. Thus, the first and the second person breached their duties; acted beyond authority and should be prosecuted,” he added.
Medvedchuk underlined that it is one of the issues that derailed the process of peaceful settlement in 2014, 2015, 2016 and the following years.
“That is why I would like to remind that the adoption of the amnesty toward people who live in the uncontrolled territory is one of four issues that provide the basis of the political agenda laid in Minsk Agreements. They include, despite the law on amnesty, the law on elections in these territories, the law about the special status and amendments to the Constitution concerning the special status. One of the issues was solved; the second issue was also solved – the law about special status, which is extended but not changed in accordance with Minsk Agreements of February 2015. And we believe that people guilty in this should receive the punishment they deserve, should be prosecuted,” Medvedchuk concluded.