Last night, the Pechersk district court in Kyiv extended the pretrial detention of former Head of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv and the Kyiv region General Oleksandr Shchoholiev until Jan. 18, 2016. Lawyer of the victims Taras Hataliak wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"Judge Shaputska has made a ruling. She granted the petition of the Prosecutor General's Office on pretrial detention of suspect Oleksandr Shchoholiev. The court extended Shchoholiev's detention for two months," he wrote.
Being the head of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv and the Kyiv region, Shchoholiev ran the anti-terrorist operation against the Euromaidan activists on Maidan Nezalezhnosti Feb. 18-20, 2014. According to the investigation, he was the one who gave the order to start the 'Boomerang' operation and sent Alpha detachment commandos to storm the House of Trade Unions. In March 2015, the Prosecutor General's Office served notice of suspicion of illegal initiation of the anti-terrorist operation during the protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti Feb. 18, 2014 to former SBU Chairman Oleksandr Yakymenko, his Deputy Volodymyr Totskyi, and General Oleksandr Shchoholiev.