The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) put 102 people on the case of the Revolution of Dignity on the international wanted list. Serhy Horbatyuk, the Head of the Special Investigation Department of the GPU claimed this at the briefing as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
‘Firstly there are 102 people on the wanted list. The following measures were assumed: the inner state detections, then the appeal to the Interpol with the request to put them on the international wanted list’, he said.
According to Horbatyuk, the Interpol did not put the officials and law enforcers involved in the shooting during the revolutions on the international wanted list as it considered this as the political prosecution.
‘At the same time, Interpol assumed a position toward the accusations of the involvement of the officials and law enforcers, governance of the state in the events in Maidan; they expressed their categorical position and we tried a few times to talk around them. They see there the signs of the political prosecution because these events took place against the background of the change of power. This position was not changed despite our attempts to make clear that the investigation is based on the gathered evidence but not the political elements’, Horbatyuk emphasized.
According to the official, the majority of the escapees are in Russia and in all cases, Russia refused to extradite the Ukrainians or hand them the charges.
‘The majority of these law enforcers, the governance of the state who escaped without the Interpol are in Russia according to the received information. It allows to file the request on the extradition and we did it. Each time the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia refused. The part of them is ordinary officers of ‘Berkut’ and we get the refusal as they have the citizenship and the Prosecutor’s Office claims that they will not extradite the citizens of Russia, however, these people did not appeal for the revoking of the Ukrainian citizenship and they were not deprived of it. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office even refuses to serve them with charge papers, question them referring to the threat to the national security’, Horbatyuk noted.
He said that the official refusal of Russia is based on the political motive of the court cases against them.
‘In such circumstances, there is the only way to bring these persons to the responsibility – the absentee procedure’, the official noted.
Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine informed that 380 people have been given notice of suspicion in the cases related to the Euromaidan. According to him, 2017 was the most effective in the investigation.
Earlier the Department of special investigations of General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine reported about the change and addition of suspicions to former high officials of Yanukovych regime on crimes committed against protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on February 12-20.
New charges were pressed against Viktor Yanukovych, former Internal Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko, former Deputy Internal Minister Viktor Ratushnyak, former SBU head Oleksand Yakymenko, deputy head of the SBU – ex-head of Anti-Terrorist Center of SBU Volodymyr Totsky, deputy head of police - head of the public security police Petro Fedchuk. They are accused of organizing and committing a number of serious and particularly serious crimes being a part of organized criminal group.