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 Premises of Kernes, Dobkin's mother searched in Kharkiv, - Lutsenko

Searches of premises belonging to Kharkiv mayor Hennadii Kernes and the mother of Opposition Bloc MP Mykhailo Dobkin have been underway since early morning.

Censor.NET reports referring to Ukrainska Pravda quoting Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko.

"Searches have been underway in Kharkiv since 7 a.m. today, dozens of them are yet to be carried out. 100 PGO and SBU operatives have arrived in the city," he said.

"Searches are conducted as part of the criminal proceedings into the theft of 654 hectares of land in Kharkiv worth 4 billion hryvnia (approx. $150,831)," Lutsenko explained.

"The city leadership is suspected of the organization of the theft scheme. We are searching Kernes' Natsional [a hotel and home to Kharkiv Mayor Hennadii Kernes - ed.]," the prosecutor general noted.

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"We also came to search the house of Dobkin's mother, but he arrived and showed a residence permit, and the law prohibits to search the apartment of an MP," Lutsenko added.

"Another person involved in the criminal proceedings offered resistance, and we had to sent Alfa unit there," he added.

Earlier, Samopomich MP Roman Semenukha addressed Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko with a request to investigate the crimes of Kharkiv Mayor Hennadii Kernes.

The criminal proceedings against Kernes were instituted on Feb. 25, 2014. Kernes is suspected of committing crimes under the article 146, part 2 (unlawful deprivation of freedom or kidnapping, article 127, part 2 (torture), article 129, part 1 (death threat) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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On March 2, 2015, the prosecution charged Kernes with kidnapping, torture and death threat. On March 26, 2015, a corresponding indictment against Kernes and his two guards was referred to the court.

Kernes himself claims that the criminal proceedings against him are fabricated.
 
 
 
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