Temporary investigative Commission (TIC) of the Verkhovna Rada to control the investigation of attacks on activists considers it necessary to continue control over the investigation of a number of relevant criminal proceedings, and advocates the settlement at the legislative level the legal status of communal power structures.

Relevant findings are contained in the FAC report, published on the website of the Ukrainian Parliament on Monday (draft of the resolution No. 10397)

The Commission came to the conclusion that the pre-trial investigation of the murder of the activist, counselor of the mayor of Kherson Catherine Gandzyuk and Berdyansk activist, the participant of military operations on Donbass Vitaly Oleshko (call sign “nomad”), the assassination of the Odessa public figure, the head of the city organization of the party “people’s Force” Oleg Mikhailik need to continue to exercise control.

The attack on the Odessa activist Sergey Sternenko no results of the investigation, the case was not submitted to the court, ascertain the members of the Commission.

“The Commission found that local authorities in Odessa attracts communal power structure “Municipal guards” to intimidate public activists and support the activities of the city Council illegal, including power, methods. Similar activity takes place in other cities of Ukraine”, – the report says.

The Commission came to the conclusion that this problem can only be resolved by legislative regulation of legal status of municipal power structures.

The report noted that this can be done by adopting the laws “On municipal guard” (no. 2890) and “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning improvement of separate provisions on the protection of public order and state border” (No. 8206).

The Commission notes that expired the time allowed by the Criminal procedural code on pre-trial investigation of criminal proceedings which relate to attacks on Sternenko, Oleshko, Odessa activist, member of the public Council under the National anti-corruption Bureau Vitaly Ustimenko, head of the Odessa city organization “people’s movement of Ukraine,” Mikhail Kusakina and other activists.

According to VSK, in connection with the inaction of law enforcement during pre-trial investigation the number of criminal proceedings begun an official investigation. Currently the results of these investigations the Commission is unknown.

According to the report, also revealed the facts repeated and unjustified closure of the investigating authorities of Kiev Sviatoshynsky police Department in Kiev region criminal proceedings on the facts of attacks on activists.

“The Commission drew attention to the need for a substantial increase in law enforcement efforts relative to comprehensive, full and objective investigation of the above criminal proceedings and expeditious transfer of appropriate cases to the judicial authorities in the prescribed manner”, – the report says.

As reported, on February 28 the Verkhovna Rada has prolonged the work of the Commission on the attack on Gandzyuk.

By the same decision the deputies extended the work of the Commission until may 14, 2019.

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