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KYIV. May 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The court allowed an investigation in absentia against the former Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, on suspicion of complicity in the seizure of state power, the State Bureau of Investigation reports.
"Investigators of the State Bureau of Investigation received permission to conduct a special pretrial investigation against the former Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine in criminal proceedings on the fact of the seizure of state power (part 5 of Article 27 and part 1 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine)," the State Bureau of Investigation reported on the Bureau’s telegram channel on Friday.
According to the State Bureau of Investigation, such a court decision gives the prosecution the right to conduct a pretrial investigation against the suspect in his absence.
The report notes that the ex-deputy minister of justice is suspected of complicity with the former president of Ukraine in seizing state power.
"In 2010, he contributed to the entry into force of the decision of the Constitutional Court on the return of the 1996 version of the Constitution, which significantly increased the powers of the president. In particular, the former deputy organized the publication of the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine dated September 30, 2010 No. 20-rp/2010 and the text of the Constitution of Ukraine as amended in 1996 in the information bulletin "Official Bulletin of Ukraine," the State Bureau of Investigation reports.