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Ukraine to probe into illegal persecution of ex-First Deputy Prosecutor General

The case will also concern Yuriy Stolyarshuk, current Deputy Prosecutor General
14:33, 7 February 2019

Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada

Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) opened a criminal proceeding upon a possible organization of illegal persecution of the former First Deputy of the Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin by Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, and his Deputy Yuriy Stolyarshuk, as Ukrainian News reported referring to the source in the law enforcement agencies.

According to him, the probe was launched on the basis of the court ruling which obliges NABU to register a criminal proceeding upon this case under Kuzmin’s request.

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In his appeal, Kuzmin noted that Cherkasy Court found the decision to put him on a wanted list and suspend the investigation of this case illegal.

As he put it, these testify to the political nature of the criminal case opened against him. In his opinion, it was ordered.

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“Therefore, Prosecutor General Lutsenko, his Deputy Stolyarchuk, the prosecutors and investigators of the General Prosecutor’s Office, who participated in a pre-trial investigation in Lutsenko’s interests, prepared manifestly unlawful detention and arrest of Kuzmin,” his statement says.

A criminal probe was opened on January 30 under the articles of Ukraine’s Criminal Code on types of accomplices and deliberate illegal detention or arrest.

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