Police chief says five suspects in Ukrspyrt ex-CEO Pankov’s murder apprehended

The police detained five suspects in the murder of the former Acting Director of Ukrspyrt State Enterprise Viktor Pankov who are also charged with several other counts.

As reported by Censor.NET citing LB.UA, Ukraine’s National Police Chief Serhii Kniaziev told a briefing.

The top policeman says the person who allegedly organized the assassination attempt was detained in a neighboring state. It was also established that the five detainees were involved in the beating of a businessman on March 29, explosion outside a Kyiv-based college on May 1, assassination attempt on a businessman on Kyiv’s Turhenivska Str. on June 23.

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All detainees were placed into pre-trial custody without the right to post a bail.

Interfax-Ukraine reported that Kniaziev demonstrated at the press conference the footage showing the crime ring members rigging a car with explosives.

The police chief said more than 60 raids were conducted in six Ukraine’s regions on Dec. 19 to apprehend five active members of the ring.

"We conducted the operation in conjunction with the Moldovan, Romanian, and Israeli law enforcers," he added.

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As reported, an unknown person gunned down a man and fled the scene in an Audi in the morning of May 30, 2016. Later it was found that the killed person was former director of Ukrspyrt SE Viktor Pankov.

Pankov was appointed acting director of Ukrspyrt SE in 2014. He acted as the head of the state corporation in 2012. Ukrspyrt is the largest state-owned spirits producer in Ukraine.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3041468