22:24 13.09.2017

Chernovetsky does not understand why he is wanted in Ukraine

Ex-Kyiv State Administration head and Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky has said Ukraine's law-enforcers long ago received information about his residence abroad. He accused Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) chief Yuriy Lutsenko of deliberately hiding this information from Ukraine's SBU Security Service with the aim of prolonging the investigation into his alleged wrongdoings.

"I never hid from [Ukraine's] law-enforcement agencies. They know where to find me. My lawyers long ago give them information about my address. As a lawyer, I do not understand why they suddenly put me on the wanted list in Ukraine. The SBU should have inquired about my whereabouts with the PGO's office and my lawyers. Why look for me where I am not present?" Chernovetsky said on his Facebook page.

"I believe Lutsenko deliberately 'forgot' to inform the SBU of my whereabouts. He received information about my address several times," Chernovetsky said.

As earlier reported, on July 14, 2017 Chernovetsky was served a notice of suspicion of violating Part 2 of Article 364 of Ukraine's Criminal Code.

Ukraine's directorate for investigating crimes committed by criminal groups has mounted a pretrial probe into the construction of a helicopter pad on Kyiv's Parkova Road.

On July 25, PGO investigators received court permission to arrest Chernovetsky for arraignment in court to determine pretrial confinement measures.

The SBU on September 12 put Chernovetsky on the wanted list. Ukraine's Interior Ministry website says the SBU is searching for Chernovetsky, who is hiding from the PGO. The website says Kyiv's ex-mayor disappeared on July 24, 2017.

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