Prosecutor General suspects Yanukovych in removing Metropolitan Volodymyr from his post

Source : 112 Ukraine

Novinsky case was deliberately compressed to one episode to remove main villains from the suspect list
16:58, 16 November 2016

Prosecutor General's Office files a note of suspicion on Viktor Yanukovych on the case about pressuring the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This was reported by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko during Regulation Committee’s session of the Varkhovna Rada, which was broadcasted on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

As we know, Regulation Committee considers the submission of the General Prosecutor's Office to lift immunity of the Opposition Bloc deputy Vadym Novinsky today.

"I took the matter under my control, and from my point of view, from the point of view of my subordinates, professional prosecutors and investigators, - this case was deliberately compressed to one episode in order to withdraw protagonists of this crime from the suspect list. I want to tell you that today the Department for Investigation of Crimes Committed by Criminal Organizations, which is the part of the Prosecutor's Office, issued a note of suspicion of ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in the commission of this crime, " Lutsenko said.

Related: Yanukovych can not be interrogated due to absence of video conferencing system

“During the pre-trial investigation in criminal procedure from May 21, 2014, it was confirmed that Yanukovych in the period from June 2013 to February 2014 instead of fulfilling the mandatory requirements of Article 102 of the Constitution, and carrying out the functions of the guarantor of the rights and freedoms of citizens, he was acting in his own interests and tried to usurp power, also by the appointment of people loyal to him on higher positions in church. In particular, by putting pressure on His Beatitude, the Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Volodymyr Sabodan and illegally imprisoning Olexandr Darabinko, "said the Prosecutor General.

It's about the trial on the grounds of criminal offenses under Part 2, Article 146 (unlawful imprisonment or kidnapping) and Part 1, Article 365 (abuse of power or service powers by law enforcement authorities) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the fact of abuse of power and official authority by former high-ranking officials (V. Yanukovych, V. Zakharchenko  Zakharchenko, and V. Koryak Novinsky).

Currently, measures are being taken for proper handing the note of suspicion to Yanukovych.

Earlier it was reported that Svyatoshyn District Court of Kyiv on November 16 received a notice from the Rostov Regional Court of the Russian Federation on the possibility of interrogation of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in a videoconference. This was announced by Interfax-Ukraine, citing his lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk.

Related: Yanukovych accuses Lutsenko of making obscene remarks against him

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