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Ukrainian prosecution summons top Crimean separatists

If they ignore the summons, they will be tried in absentia.

Ukrainian prosecution summons top Crimean separatists
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The Prosecutor-General's Office on 23 June issued the summons for the suspects in criminal case No 12014010790000081 on the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

The summons were published in the government newspaper Uryadovyy Kuryer, No 117 (5737).

The suspects include:

- the head of the occupying administration of Crimea, Serhiy Aksyonov,

- a former head of the occupying administration of Sevastopol, Oleksiy Chalyy,

- the speaker of the occupying parliament of Crimea, Volodymyr Konstantinov,

- the prosecutor of the occupying administration of Crimea, Natala Poklonska,

- Aksyonov's former deputy Rustam Temirgaliyev,

- the interior minister of the occupying administration of Crimea, Serhiy Abisov,

- the emergencies minister of the occupying administration of Crimea. Serhiy Shakhov,

- a former chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Sevastopol, Petro Zyma,

- the border service chief of the occupying administration of Crimea, Viktor Melnychenko.

Their questioning is scheduled for 29 June. All nine have previously been summoned for 9 June and 15 June.

The summons were published a precondition to trial in absentia. If the summons are ignored, an investigator can open a special pre-trial investigation.