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 Maidan massacre case cannot be transferred to court without change in legislation, - SBI

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) cannot transfer criminal proceedings against organizers of mass murders of Euromaidan protesters to the court until the Verkhovna Rada makes amendments to the legislation on in absentia legal proceedings, said head of the special investigations department of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Serhii Horbatiuk.

As reported by Censor.NET, Horbatiuk told UNN.

"Charging documents cannot yet be filed to court. Hence, the investigation, investigative actions and collection of evidence in these criminal proceedings continue," he said.

He explained that the suspects are hiding from justice in the territory of Russia and therefore court hearings have to take place in absentia.

Under the current legislation, the obligatory condition for the court proceeding in absentia is to put the suspects on an international wanted list. However, Interpol have not yet put the convicted of treason ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and his accomplices on the list, justifying it with the possibility of politically motivated criminal prosecution of Yanukovych.

Horbatiuk argued that in order to unblock the process, the Verkhovna Rada has to amend the legislation on legal proceedings in absentia.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3111833