MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR CONTINUES TO TAKE MEASURES TO LOCATE AND BRING TO JUSTICE CRIMINALS WHO HELD HIGH POSITION
Ministry of the Interior of Ukraina
Public Relations Department
Kyiv. 24 January 2006. Ministry of the Interior of Ukraina (MI) continues to take measures to locate and hold responsible criminals who held high position with the previous government. This was discussed today at the meeting of the head of Interpol’s National Bureau’s working group in Ukraina Kyrylo Kulykov with mass media representatives.
As the press already reported, pursuant to January 17 resolution of Miami City Court (USA) former head of Sumy oblast administration Volodymyr Shcherban’ was released on bail of US$2 million.
In connection with this Kyrylo Kulykov stressed that the charges against Shcherban’ were not dismissed, and he is simply released on bail and is in the USA. Criminal case initiated against the former Sumy oblast “governor” will be considered by the court this March. It is known that V. Shcherban’ is being sought for by the Ukrainian prosecution for committing a number of criminal offenses (extortion, acting beyond the scope of his powers). Additionally, because of this very reason pursuant to the Interpol’s General Secretariat decision the former “governor” of Sumy oblast is being sough internationally. Thus, this international organization refused attorneys’ petition regarding political persecution.
However, V. Shcherban’ was apprehended on October 13, 2005 in the USA for violations of immigration legislation of that country. K. Kulykov explained this motivation for apprehension by the fact that relations between Ukraina and the USA in the sphere of law enforcement are grounded in the agreement on mutual cooperation in prosecuting of criminal cases which mostly envisages information exchange. A more effective cooperation of the two countries’ law enforcement agencies is halted by the absence of an extradition treaty. Although such an agreement was drafted 8 years ago, no cardinal moves in this area have taken place by now. According to the head of the Ukrainian bureau of Interpol there are currently no obstacles to conclude with the USA an extradition treaty. Had such document existed, Shcherban’ would have been extradited to Ukraina and brought to justice still last May, said Kulykov. That’s why the work in this area should urgently become more active.
In addition to the above, today V. Shcherban’ is a citizen of Ukraina, but his passport for foreign travel was suspended by the decree of the prosecutor on the criminal case against him. Therefore, this document is not valid in any country of the world.
As K. Kulykov noted, Interpol’s Secretary General expressed this organization’s stance very clearly – it is aimed at the support of the MI of Ukraina in its desire to bring to justice criminals who held high positions in the previous government.
By the way, former “governor” of Odesa oblast, Ruslan Bodelan, also continues to be on the international wanted list of the CIS states, although some time ago his data was purged from the database of the main information center located in Moscow. Nevertheless, after Minister of the Interior, Jurij Lutsenko, addressed his Russian colleague Bodelan’s information was renewed. At the same time, in the last couple of days the MI received an official note stating that R. Bodelan was granted Russian citizenship, which can’t be said about yet another fugitive, the former head of the State Affairs Department Ihor Bakaj. According to K. Kulykov, this official is still viewed by the Ukrainian law enforcement as a citizen of Ukraina.
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