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Yanukovych, SBU ex-chiefs allowed to be probed in absentia

Requests for other security officials will be considered shortly.

Yanukovych, SBU ex-chiefs allowed to be probed in absentia
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Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court has upheld the request of the Prosecutor-General's Office (PGO) to hold a special investigation (in absentia) against former Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) chief Oleksandr Yakymenko and his former first deputy head Volodymyr Totskyy, PGO press secretary Larysa Sarhan has said.

"We are talking about what was happening on Euromaydan on 18-20 February 2014," she specified.

Prosecutors' similar requests in regard of three other persons mentioned in this criminal case – former Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko, his deputy Viktor Ratushnyak and former Kyiv deputy police chief Petro Fedchuk – will be considered shortly.

Earlier today, the court allowed prosecutors to investigate ex-President Viktor Yanukovych in the case of the shootings on Kyiv's Independence Square. The ex-president is suspected of organizing premeditated murders. 

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