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 PGO investigators arrested four more former Berkut officers suspected in Maidan murders. All were members of National Police, - Sarhan

Investigators of the Prosecutor's General Office arrested four more former Berkut officers suspected in Maidan murders. All were officers of the National Police of Ukraine.

PGO press secretary Larysa Sarhan wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"There is some progress in Maidan investigation. Four Berkut officers suspected in crimes on Maidan have been arrested," she wrote.

According to her, the suspects are former members of former Berkut riot police unit in the Kharkiv region. They are suspected of carrying out a criminal order, actions aimed at illegal obstruction of meetings, rallies, marches and demonstrations; abuse of power and official authority, which caused serious consequences, such as grievous bodily harm to 35 persons with the use of special tools, as well as finished attempted murder of two or more persons in a manner dangerous to the lives of many persons on preliminary arrangement by a group of persons. In addition, one suspect is accused of murder of a man during the events.

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The court held a 60-day detention without bail for all the suspects at the request of the public prosecutor.

She added that all the suspects are currently officers of the National Police of Ukraine.

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The PGO referred the criminal proceedings against former Berkut riot police officers Zinchenko and Abroskin to court in 2014. They are suspected of shooting of 39 Maidan activists on Instytutska street in Kyiv on Feb. 20, 2014. On Feb. 10, 2016, the PGO announced the investigation completed and sent criminal proceeding against three other former Berkut officers, Oleksandr Marinchenko, Serhii Tamtura, and Oleh Yanyshevskyi to court. According to the prosecutor's office, these persons are charged with committing a terrorist act, abuse of official duties, murder, attempted murder, obstruction of peaceful meetings and rallies, as were as abstraction and concealment of weapons after the crime. Criminal proceedings against all former Berkut officers are combined into one case.

 
 
 
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