Ex-MP Shepelev suspected of masterminding police Colonel Yerokhin’s assassination in 2006

The Main Military Prosecutor's Office suspects ex-lawmaker Oleksandr Shepelev of organizing assassination of police Colonel Roman Yerokhin back in 2006.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, Main Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios told a briefing today.

It is worth noting that the law enforcer mentioned no name of the ex-MP saying only it begins with the letter "S" while the person is now in custody.

Sources familiar with the matter told Censor.NET that Matios was talking about ex-lawmaker Oleksandr Shepelev.

According to Matios, Colonel Yerokhin was abducted under Shepelev’s order on July 26, 2006 and subsequently murdered in the car provided by the person who put a hit on the police officer.

In the course of the investigation initiated last March, the law enforcers found that the mentioned ex-MP plotted several more assassinations to protect his vested interests. According to Matios, the person who ordered the hit of Colonel Yerokhin also hired the same ring to abduct and murder one of his competitors in the banking sector while the then MP provided the assassins with the firearms: two Kalashnikov rifles, 13 Makarov handguns, two Suppressed Pistols and over 500 cartridges.

This morning, the military prosecutor's office served the ex-lawmaker with charge papers.

The law enforcers established that Yerokhin’s murder was a revenge for his professional activities and his desire to put an end to the crimes committed by the then lawmaker.

"The investigation found that Colonel Yerokhin and his subordinates from the Organized Crime Department identified a money laundering center operating under cover of the Donetsk-based banks co-owned by the then MP. Yerokhin’s team dealt with the unlawful activities of the center. Three persons were brought to criminal responsibility then," the main military prosecutor said.

According to Matios, Yerokhin’s murder was solved long ago and the assassins were sentenced to 10 and 15 years. However, the assassins’ paymaster was not identified in that probe.

As reported, Shepelev was detained in Kyiv’s larger area on Feb. 8.

Shepelev was put on the international wanted list in late December 2012. He was detained in Hungary in July 2013 and extradited to Ukraine in March 2014.

However, ex-lawmaker escaped custody to evade criminal responsibility in July 2014 while international arrest warrant was issued for him on the same day.

The Russian law enforcers detained Shepelev in the Moscow Oblast on March 19, 2015 on charges brought against him in Ukraine. He was released from the Russian remand prison in August 2016.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3074729