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Over 30 suspects in Maidan crimes work in law enforcement agencies

Ten of them hold senior positions
13:19, 19 February 2019

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Over 30 people, accused of committing crimes during Euromaidan, still work in law enforcement agencies, ten of them hold senior positions, as Sergiy Horbatyuk, the Head of Special Investigations Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office, said, 112 Ukraine reported. 

“For today, 36 people who were served with charges, continue working in law enforcement agencies, ten of them hold executive positions. People charged accused of organizing murders, continue working, and all the reaction concerning their removal are being overruled: courts do not agree on that, leadership does not take any steps. And there are lots of such examples,” he noted commenting the problems the Special Investigations Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office faces investigating the Euromaidan crimes.

Among other problems, Horbatyuk noted direct interference in the work of the department.

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“To cut it short, this is the issue of the General Prosecutor’s Office as well: downsizing, staff changes. 40 people were fired in 2016 when half of the investigation passed. Earlier, it was indirect interference, and today… in 2018, this became a direct interference. For instance, the case was closed in Khmelnytsky after the investigators of the department received results and served the charge papers. The Prosecutor General passed the investigation to another department. The same thing with the murder of the law enforcers – after charge papers were served, the leader was replaced and charges were changed. The case on state enforcement officers was also passed to another department, which helped to disperse Maidan. There are some gaps in the system from the Foreign Ministry’s side, and SBU, operative departments do not provide help, except some separate moments,” he stressed.

Related: Prosecutor General’s Office finishes pre-trial investigation of Maidan case

Earlier, Horbatyuk said that the Special Investigations Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office is investigating four cases concerning murders on Independence Square during Revolution of Dignity.

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