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 Mayors’ case: PGO scrutinizes evidence seized during raids in Bucha and Irpin

The Prosecutor General's Office is still drafting notices of suspicion to Mayor of Bucha Anatolii Fedoruk and Irpin Mayor Volodymyr Karpliuk.

Head of the PGO's department investigating major frauds Volodymyr Hutsuliak told Hromadske Radio, Censor.NET reports.

Read more: Mayors' case: misappropriated land plots conveyed to company owned by Bucha and Irpin mayors' wives. DOCUMENTS

"That's what we are doing right now - working in this direction. We are currently analyzing and processing the enormous number of evidence seized during the searches. And the decision to bring Fedoruk and Karpliuk to criminal responsibility will be made upon completion of analysis and processing of the evidence," Volodymyr Hutsuliak explained.

He failed to tell when the decision could be taken exactly.

"I think it will be done within this month," he suggested.

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"Substantiation of economic crimes is a complex process. It requires in-depth study of documents. We do have papers proving that the decisions to transfer land plots were signed by Karpliuk. But these documents alone are not sufficient for bringing him to criminal responsibility," Hutsuliak added.

Today, the media reported that Bucha City Council chaired by Fedoruk transferred a land plot with an area of 1 hectare to an organization run by former police official Illia Kiva. In an exclusive comment to Hromadske Radio, Kiva said he knew nothing about this.

See more: Premises of Bucha and Irpin mayors searched over seizure of 890 hectares of forest, - Lutsenko. PHOTOS

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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