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 Yanukovych case investigation in jeopardy, Prosecutor Horbatiuk says

Head of the Special Investigations Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine Serhii Horbatiuk believes that the transfer of the so-called "major case" against ex-president of Ukraine (2010-2014) Viktor Yanukovych to the jurisdiction of the new directorate created to investigate offenses committed by the organized crime threatens completion of its investigation.

"Destruction of an integral directorate engaged in probing crimes against the Maidan inflicts direct damage to these proceedings," Serhii Horbatiuk told Ukrainska Pravda, Censor.NET reports.

However, he noted that no final decision on which cases were to be left in his directorate and which were to be transferred to the newly created one had still been made. Asked whether he was going to continue investigating the cases that would remain in his directorate, Horbatiuk said that he most likely would.

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Asked about the reasons for such a decision of the Prosecutor General's Office leadership, he said there were several of them, including his negative stance on the existing procedure of trial in absentia.

"The current law on special proceedings does not meet the Constitution and the European Conventions. There are legal issues in it that may blow up the cases and help persons convicted under this law escape responsibility," Horbatiuk explained.

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