Yanukovych declared suspect of mass murders
15:17, — Europa
A number of Ukraine's former top officials have been declared suspects in a criminal case.
The information was spread by the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine.
Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, ex-head of the president's administration Andriy Klyuyev, ex-prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka, ex-interior minsiter Vitaliy Zakharchenko, ex-head of the Security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Yakymenko and dismissed commander in chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Interior Troops Stanislav Shulyak and other persons were declared suspects, Interfax reports.
The press release notes that the buildings of the President's Administration, the National Security Council and Defense Council (NSDC), the National Bank of Ukraine and Yanukovych's former residence in Mezhyhirya were searched.
The criminal case over “organising premeditated murders during mass events on Independence Square in Kyiv in the period from November 2013 to February 2014" was opened by the main investigation department of the Prosecutor General's Office on February 25.
"The information on part 2, article 115 of the Criminal Code (premeditated murder – envisaging imprisonment from 10 to 15 years or life imprisonment) has been included in the unified register of pre-trial investigations... The qualification of the crimes is not yet final," the prosecutor's office said.
The report notes that as part of the proceedings investigators will make a legal assessment of the actions of former heads of prosecuting agencies who either resigned or were dismissed from their posts.