Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, appointed Sergiy Horbatyuk, the former Head of Special Investigations Department, the Head of the Special Investigation Office, as he said at the briefing, Ukrainian news reports.
According to him, Horbatyuk was appointed after he submitted an appeal. The order was signed on Monday, July 16.
Earlier, Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, removed the Special Investigation Department, phasing out its Head Sergiy Horbatyuk.
As it was reported earlier, on June 22 Mustafa Nayyem stated that Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office intended to remove the Special Investigations Department.
On June 23, Larysa Sagan, the Spokesperson of the Prosecutor General, stated that the Special Investigation Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office, headed by Sergiy Horbatyuk, which is investigating two cases on Maidan, will be transformed into an investigation office, but not removed.
Yuriy Lutsenko assures that none of the investigators and prosecutors on Maidan cases “is replaced or fired”.
Horbatyuk’s Special Investigation Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office is dealing with a couple of high-profile cases, including the ones on Maidan crimes in 2014 and usurpation of the power of Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage.
Earlier, it was reported that the conflict between Yuriy Lutsenko and Sergiy Horbatyuk escalated. The Head of the Special Investigation Department stated that he was not going to execute “illegal orders” and even spoke about his possible resignation.