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Ex-Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko arrested in absentia

Perchersk district court of Kyiv made the respective decision August 15, complying with the lawsuit of the Prosecutor General's Office
15:32, 15 August 2019

Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former Internal Minister of Ukraine
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Perchersk district court of Kyiv has arrested Vitaliy Zakharchenko, Ukraine's former Minister of Internal Affairs. This is mentioned in the copy of the court's decision, which is at the disposal of UNN news agency. Thus, the court complied with the lawsuit of the Prosecutor General's Office.

The former official will be held in detention; the decision can be appealed.

In May 2018, Perchersk district court allowed the Prosecutor General's Office a special investigation against Zakharchenko; he is a suspect in the case of mass murders of Euromaidan activists during the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014.

Related: Nine people sentenced to imprisonment for crimes during Euromaidan

In June 2017, Zakharchenko became the suspect, as the PGO officially added him to the list of suspects in this case, along with Viktor Yanukovych (ex-President) and Viktor Pshonka (ex-Prosecutor General). They are charged with illegal hindering of the rallies and demonstrations, power abuse, the intentional murder of two and more individuals, a completed attempt upon the lives of two and more individuals and the organization of a terrorist act. 

Related: Court releases ex-SBU Head accused of crimes against Euromaidan

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