Security forces carry out searches in the premises belonging to mayor Hennadiy Kernes in Kharkiv. This was reported by the press secretary of the Prosecutor General Larisa Sargan, referring to him.
According to Yuriy Lutsenko himself in the comment to "Ukrayinska Pravda", the searches are conducted in the premises belonging to Kernes and the mother of Mykhailo Dobkin, who is a People's Deputy.
The searches are being held since 7 a.m. in Kharkiv. Dozens of other searches are scheduled as well. 100 officers of the prosecutor’s office and the SBU arrived in Kharkiv," Lutsenko said. Yuriy Lutsenko also explained that the searches are being conducted in the criminal case in organization of the fraud scheme of 654 hectares of land in Kharkiv which costs 150 million USD.
"Also, searches are being held in the house belonging to the mother of Mykhailo Dobkin, but he arrived and showed his residence permit. Ukrainian law forbids to conduct searches in the houses of People's Deputies," the Prosecutor General reported.
"Another person involved in criminal proceedings resisted, thus an Alpha special forces unit arrived," he added.
It should be noted that the mayor of Kharkiv, and his guards Vitaly Blinnik and Yevhen Smitsky are accused of kidnapping, torturing and threatening to kill Kharkiv EuroMaidan activists Oleksandr Kutyanin and Serhiy Ryapolov.
Kernes states that the criminal case against him is fabricated.
Officially Kernes and his guards are charged in three criminal articles: tortures, Illegal imprisonment or kidnapping and threats of homicide