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 Killers of Maidan Activists May Get a Life Sentence - Prosecutor General

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The Prosecutor General of Ukraine completes a pre-trial investigation regarding the first three employees of "Berkut" special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, involved in shooting of peaceful protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv on February 18-20, 2014.

This was stated by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Vitalii Yarema during the Open House at the Main Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office. Open House was specially organized for relatives of the victims of the "Heavenly Hundred," Censor.NET reports, citing the press service of the Office.

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According to Yarema, in early July, they expect to demonstrate the criminal cases to the defendants and victims. For this, the Prosecutor General 's Office has prepared dozens of volumes with depositions and other data, accumulated by investigators (detectives). On their basis suspicions of abuse of power, premeditated murder and attempted aggravated murder were formulated.

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The victims were able to get acquainted with the collected materials, at their request all the necessary provisions of the law and procedure of investigation have been explained, the procedure of returning things of the dead to their friends and relatives was started. The relatives of victims (not only those in Kyiv, but also on Euromaidans in other cities of Ukraine) received detailed legal advice.

As Prosecutor General of Ukraine Vitalii Yarema stated, "to establish the truth and bring all perpetrators of crimes on the Maidan to responsibility remains our top priority." According to him, this is the aim the best officers of the Prosecutor General's Office and they are open to cooperation with the public.

Subsequently, the indictments will be presented to the court. The jury will be able to determine impartially the severity of guilt for the massacre on the Maidan and punishment for it up to life imprisonment.



 
 
 
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