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Prosecutor General's Office takes control of investigation into death of Pechersky District Court judge

KYIV. Sept 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine has taken control of the investigation into the death of judge of the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv Vitaliy Pysanets, the press service of the department reported on Sunday.

"Urgent investigative (search) actions are underway, all the circumstances of the incident are being established and a set of examinations has been appointed," the statement says.

According to preliminary investigation data, the incident took place on September 11 in the village of Pohreby (Kyiv region). No traces of a violent death were found on the body of the deceased judge, a source in law enforcement agencies told Interfax-Ukraine on Sunday. According to preliminary data, the death was caused by a problem with the heart or blood vessels. This happened, according to the agency’s interlocutor, after an event with the participation of law enforcement officials, who consumed alcohol.

As reported, judge of the Pechersky district court of Kyiv Vitaliy Pysanets was found dead in the village of Pohreby. Upon the death of the judge, law enforcement officers have already opened criminal proceedings under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Premeditated Murder). The pretrial investigation is being carried out by investigators from the territorial office of the State Bureau of Investigation, located in Kyiv.

Vitaliy Pysanets was a judge of the Sverdlovsk City Court of Luhansk region from 1998 to 2011, and from 2011 to 2015 he served as chairman of the said court. In 2015, by decree of the President of Ukraine, Pysanets was transferred to the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv. In the capital’s court, Pysanets, among other duties, was investigating judge in the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. The Kyiv regional prosecutor’s office carries out the procedural management in the criminal proceedings begun upon the death of the judge of the Pechersky district court of Kyiv (Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).