Political Points of the CPLR for 18 – 25 November 2019

The Parliament put under threat the investigation in the “Maidan cases”.

1. CPLR expert opinion

On November 20, investigative bodies of the prosecution office lost the right to conduct pre-trial investigations. Investigators from these particular bodies investigated crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity (the so-called “Maidan cases”). According to the legislation, uninvestigated cases have to be transferred to the State Investigation Bureau (SIB). Taking into account that investigation of these cases by investigators from the prosecution office has been conducted for a long period of time, transferring these cases to the new pre-trial investigation body will negatively affect the quality, speed, and comprehensiveness of the investigation and can potentially completely unravel the whole investigation.

Due to the inactivity of the Parliament, investigation of the “Maidan cases” was put under threat. This pushed Yevhenia Zakrevska, the lawyer of the Heavenly Hundred’s families, to declare hunger strike which will last until the relevant amendment is passed and investigators and prosecutors transferred to the SIB.

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