As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, Lutsenko said that one of the mayors had found out about the raids at least one day before they were held. According to the prosecutor general, that was exactly the time when he was contacted by one of the members of the parliament trying to protect Irpin Mayor Volodymyr Karpliuk.
"As far as I understand, it was law enforcement officers who did it. The Interior Ministry and Security Service, and the prosecutor's office were involved. We are now figuring out who this person is. One of the MPs called me in order to protect him. My answer was quite explicit. But this shows that he (the mayor) has already been aware of it at that time. I received the call in evening before the day when the searches were conducted. Accordingly, at least one of the mayors was aware of the operation," Lutsenko said.
Earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the Interior Ministry conducted searches at 31 addresses, including the places of residence of Bucha and Irpin mayors, charged with the seizure of 890 hectares of forest. During 2006-2012, the suspected officials illegally passed land plots into the ownership of their friends and relatives.
Irpin mayor Volodymyr Karpliuk is reported to have fled the country. The investigation also examines the fact of passing 14 hectares of Bucha forest to former Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Chairman Ihor Kaletnyk. According to MP Chervakova, Bucha mayor Fedoruk and Irpin mayor Karpliuk appear in three criminal proceedings. According to the PGO, during the searches, law enforcers "found documents evidencing of various crimes, including deforestation and illegal development."
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