Interpol puts Ukraine’s ousted president Yanukovych on international wanted list


A special Interpol commission has decided to put Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych on the international wanted persons list, his son Oleksandr Yanukovych, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, and other high-ranking officials.

“The following people have been put on the Internal international wanted persons list (red card – detention for extradition to Ukraine): Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, Oleksandr Viktorovych Yanukovych, Mykola Yanovych Azarov, Raisa Vasylyivna Bohatyriova, Y.V. [Yuriy Volodymyrovych] Kolobov (former finance minister of Ukraine), G.B. [Heorhiy Borysovych] Dzekon (former head of Ukrtelecom),” Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook on Monday.

According to the Interpol website, Viktor Yanukovych’s charges are misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by malversation, if committed in respect of an especially gross amount, or by an organised group.

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych fled in February after a wave of pro-Western protests in Kyiv triggered by his refusal to sign a partnership agreement with the European Union.

Anger in eastern Ukraine at his overthrow turned to unrest with separatists seizing government buildings and beginning an insurgency in April. At least 4,700 people have been killed since the conflict began, including 1,300 killed after a ceasefire was agreed on 5 September.

www.belsat.eu/en, following Interfax-Ukraine

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