Odesa prosecutor's office not confirming closure of criminal case against ex-mayor Bodelan

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April 20, 2010, 11:34 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The prosecutor's office of Odesa region hasn't confirmed the information that a criminal case against ex-mayor Ruslan Bodelan was closed. "I have no such information. On the contrary, [Odesa region's Prosecutor] Vasyl Stepanovych [Prysiazhniuk] has told media recently that the case hasn't been closed," the press secretary of regional prosecution Olena Abramova told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

Earlier, some media reported with reference to a source in the prosecutor's office that a criminal case against Bodelan was closed.

Bodelan was mayor of Odesa in 1998-2005. In 2005, following the Orange Revolution, he was charged with abuse of office and put on the international wanted list. In 2006, Bodelan received Russian citizenship.

On April 9, the ex-mayor returned to Odesa.
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