Interpol will reconsider request of Russian Federation on detention of ex-commander of battalion ‘Aydar’, - Avakov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian diplomats are working on return of commander to Ukraine
18:01, 2 March 2020

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said that Russia is abusing Interpol’s tools to illegally prosecute Ukrainians who opposed the aggression of the Russian Federation. Thus, the former Aydar battalion commander Serhiy Melnichuk was put on the international wanted list, who was detained on the Greek-Bulgarian border on trumped-up charges, as the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov reports.

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Melnichuk is suspected of alleged involvement in the murder in April 2014 in the Rostov region. Ukrainian diplomats are working on a man’s return to Ukraine.

"As Minister of Internal Affairs, I turned to the Secretary General of the Interpol IOCL, Mr. Jürgen Stock, regarding the need to develop an effective mechanism to block the Russian Federation from abuse of my rights as a member state of the organization," - Arsen Avakov said.

The Secretary General of Interpol decided to revise the request of Russia regarding the announcement of Melnichuk on the international wanted list and his detention.

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The ministry added that, according to a similar scheme, Russian law enforcement authorities prosecuted public and political figures Anatoly Hrytsenko, Mustafa Dzhemilev, Refat Chubarov, Ihor Mazur and others. In recent years, the country has been able to prevent the unlawful restriction of the rights of about 30 people.

Recall, the former commander of the battalion "Aydar" and MP VIII convocation Serhiy Melnichuk was detained on the border with Greece yesterday, March 1. Together with him in the department was his pregnant wife and 9-month-old son.

As we reported before, The Prosecutor’s Office of Bulgaria explained why Oleksiy Levin, the suspect of the organization of the murder of Ukrainian activist Kateryna Handziuk, was not detained by the law enforcers during the entrance to the country. The Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office provided the report on the process of detention of Levin

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