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 Cancellation of international arrest warrant for Yanukovych not to impact trial into high treason, - PGO

Recent decisions of Interpol to remove Viktor Yanukovych regime officials from the international wanted list were first of all made due to the imperfection of Ukrainian criminal procedural legislation in terms of defining pre-trial detention.

As reported by Censor.NET citing post on Facebook by spokesperson for the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Larysa Sarhan, this was said by Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin.

"Arrest warrants issued by the courts in order to bring a person to a courthouse to hear a motion to impose a pre-trial detention on this person are not considered as rulings to place a suspect/accused in the pre-trial detention. Therefore, according to Interpol's regulations, if no decision to impose a pre-trial detention on a person has been made, this person cannot be put on the international wanted list," Yenin said.

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According to him, certain district courts of Kyiv refuse to impose pre-trial detention on a suspect in absentia.

"Anyway, these Interpol decisions are of no consequence to the trial into high treason charges against Yanukovych which will start May 4, 2017," the official said.

In 2015, Interpol put Yanukovych on the international wanted list based on the criminal charges of embezzlement of funds allocated for the construction of special communication line during Ukrtelecom OJSC privatization. He was reportedly removed from Interpol's wanted list May 3, 2017.

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