24.10.16 18:19

PGO refers "major case" against Yanukovych to newly created Organized Crime Office

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine established the Organized Crime Office - the new directorate based on the PGO's Special Investigations Department created in order to streamline the operation of the agency.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine said in a statement released on Monday.

"The Organized Crime Office has been created [within the PGO] in order to speed up and complete the pretrial investigation and refer 'the big criminal case' against [ex-president of Ukraine Viktor] Yanukovych and his cronies to court. The directorate will consist of up to 63 employees," the statement reads.

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The PGO said that 'the major case' against Yanukovych consists of many items including the usurpation of power, ruining the economy, weakening the country's defense and information security, seizure of state property - the Mezhyhirya residence, and the like.

Meanwhile, the Special Investigations Department will have 56 employees after the reorganization and will continue to be headed by Serhii Horbatiuk.

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"This department will be in charge of investigating and referring the Maidan-related cases to court," the PGO's press service explained.

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, the newly created Office will be PGO's independent bureau. It is still unclear which agency the Office will be subordinated to. It will most probably take instruction directly from the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine.

PGO's Special Investigations Department will still be probing those cases against Yanukovych which deal with the organization of mass killings on Kyiv's Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square in February 2014.

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