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SBU waiting for Italy's decision regarding Melnychenko

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Aug. 6, 2012, 5:05 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is waiting for a court ruling regarding the possible extradition of second Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma's ex-bodyguard, Major Mykola Melnychenko, according to the SBU press service.
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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is waiting for a court ruling regarding the possible extradition of second Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma's ex-bodyguard, Major Mykola Melnychenko, according to the SBU press service. 

"We cannot influence Italian justice. We are waiting for a court ruling," the press service told Interfax-Ukraine on Monday.

SBU reiterated that in September 2011 Melnychenko was put on the wanted list. He was accused of divulging state secrets, the forgery of documents, and abuse of power. Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv ruled to arrest Melnychenko, as he broke his recognisance not to leave the country and evaded the investigatory process.

The press service saud that due to the fact that the location of the accused was unknown for a long time, the pre-trial investigation was suspended.

As reported, Melnychenko was detained in Italy on August 3. On August 6, a court of Naples postponed a hearing on the issue of extradition of Melnychenko due to the fact that he asked not to extradite him. The Justice Ministry of Italy will decide on the issue within ten days. If Melnychenko is extradited, the court will continue hearings. 

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 7, 2012, 5:47 a.m.    

The SBU, The PGO of Ukraine and Vitya's Vultures simply don't get it. They tried this political crapshoot with Avakov and now it's Melnychenko. Are they making the same assumption that Italians are still controlled by fascists? HELLO! Italy has been a democracy (albeit somewhat fractured) since the end of the Second World War. Their courts actually abide by the law and are independent of the Government. The Italians recognize "The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights" and they are more than aware of the abusers. This is not Ukraine. So, Vitya, here we go again. Suck in that gut, bend over and bite hard on that boiled egg. It's time for your spanking.

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