15:09 26.03.2012

PRESS: Former presidential guard Melnychenko discloses his whereabouts

A former major of the State Department of Guard of Ukraine, Mykola Melnychenko, who was put on the wanted list six months ago, has said that he is in the United States, the Segodnya newspaper reported on Monday.

"I can say that I am currently in the United States., in the town of Westfield, New Jersey, an hour's drive from Manhattan, at my friend Ivan Mokrytsky's house, and I'm not hiding from anyone. They do not want to hold any investigative actions with me. I offered to give evidence, via Skype for instance, which is not prohibited by the Criminal Procedure Code, or meet with Ukrainian investigators abroad, but they do not accept my conditions. Besides, I visited Ukraine twice over the past six months," Melnychenko told the newspaper.

"Any law-abiding country understands that there are no grounds to detain me, and therefore no reason to extradite me to Ukraine," the former presidential guard said.

Melnychenko added that he met in Paris with a senior official from the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine and gave him the materials that "may be grounds for initiating criminal proceedings against a prominent Ukrainian politician who was involved in the killing of Gongadze (Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze)." According to Segodnya newspaper, the PGO did not comment on Melnychenko's statement.

As reported, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has suspended the investigation into a criminal case opened against Melnychenko due to the fact that his location has not been established.

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