The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) holds illegal searches at the offices of the MPs of Opposition platform – For life as Renat Kuzmin, the MP of Opposition platform – For life stated to the journalists near the office of Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life.
“At this address, the office of Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk is situated. I was not allowed to enter this office. The office is closed. People armed with machine guns and with the signs SBU on the chests opened the door. It seems that the SBU employees hold some investigative actions in this office. Considering the fact, that there are offices of the MPs in this building then the holding of the searches of the lawmakers and their receptions as well as the property of the lawmakers is the offense. Due to it, if the SBU workers hold the search of MPs, they will commit malfeasance and will be prosecuted for it,” he said.
“It looks like the revenge from the SBU for the appeal, which the Opposition platform – For life lawmakers sent to the State Investigation Bureau (SIB). In this appeal, the opposition parliamentarians demanded from the SIB to open the criminal case against the SBU employees; who, according to the information published by the mass media, holds the illegal surveillance, use of operational and technical means toward the opposition party Opposition platform – For life,” Kuzmin added.
“It seems that Ukrainian authority, the new one, uses the old, crocked methods of the old authority – uses the SBU for political ends, the ends, which are far from the criminal justice. If the new, young team of Zelensky continues old methods of Poroshenko then all of us will face the situation when the laws are not observed, special services will execute the political orders and the opposition politicians will be in prison, in the illegal status and they will be forced to fight against the current authority with the accessible methods,” Kuzmin concluded.
Earlier journalist Andriy Pavlovsky published the official note of the SBU that the security service was ordered by the President’s Office to spy upon Viktor Medvedchuk, Nestor Shufrych, Vasyl Nimchenko, Taras Kozak, Oleg Voloshym and number of other MPs from this political force.
The note states that the SBU K Department has to check all financial operations of the MPs from this political force, deposit accounts, bank accounts and other financial information.
Moreover, the enforcers should spy upon Medvedchuk, his wife Oksana Marchenko and the number of other MPs from Opposition platform – For life to uncover the “ties, way of live, place of accommodation, official and unofficial contacts”.
However, according to the legislation, unstated investigative actions toward the MPs are legal only after the lifting of their immunity on the results of the voting of the Verkhovna Rada. That is why there is an issue on illegal investigative actions toward the opposition lawmakers.
Besides, the Opposition platform – For life MPs appealed to the SIB and Prosecutor General’s Office with the demand to investigative the illegal actions of the special services.
“It is the evident violation of the law, evident violation of the Constitution and everyone who involved in such activity should be prosecuted. Exactly for these actions the statement was prepared and filed to the SIB on the prosecution of the SBU, which hold the illegal surveillance of Ukraine’s MPs,” Kuzmin stated.
The lawmaker stated that if the SIB refuses in the opening of the criminal proceeding until Monday, then the political force will appeal to the court and oblige the proper law enforcement bodies to investigate this case.