Lawmakers ask Prosecutor's Office to open criminal case against Melnychenko

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April 20, 2011, 5:11 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Eighty-four Ukrainian lawmakers representing all factions in parliament have signed an appeal to Viktor Pshonka asking him to open a criminal case against Major Mykola Melnychenko.

Eighty-four Ukrainian lawmakers representing all factions in parliament have signed an appeal to Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka asking him to open a criminal case against Major Mykola Melnychenko, a former officer of the State Guard Department. "The issue concerns treason and the transfer of secret information to foreign nationals," Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction member Yuriy Karmazin told Interfax-Ukraine.

He said that the authors of the appeal had demanded that the Prosecutor General's Office determine whether Melnychenko's actions constitute a crime as envisaged by Articles 364, 111, 328 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

In their appeal, the MPs said that a criminal case against Melnychenko had been closed in 2005 without the proper consideration of all circumstances and without even questioning him.

"Meanwhile, it's still necessary to investigate the volume, scope and content of information constituting state secrets that are illegally possessed by Melnychenko, as well as the question of whether he conveyed this information to representatives of the intelligence agencies of other countries with whom he met," Karmazin said.

The appeal notes that Ukraine has already suffered significant political and financial damage due to the spreading by Melnychenko of misleading information about the sale of Kolchuga radars to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime.

Karmazin said that the appeal to the Prosecutor General's Office had been signed, in particular, by Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction members Volodymyr Aryev, Roman Zvarych, Kyrylo Kulykov, Volodymyr Maruschenko, Kateryna Lukyanova, Viacheslav Koval, Ruslan Kniazevych, Lytvyn Bloc faction members Mykhailo Rudchenko, Serhiy Hrynevetsky, Valeriy Baranov, Yuriy Lytvyn, Kateryna Vaschuk, Regions Party faction members Volodymyr Landik, Iryna Horina, Artem Scherban, Oleksiy Plotnikov, BYT faction members Ihor Hryniv, Olena Kondratyuk, and Ostap Semerak, and others.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 6:18 p.m.    

The lawmakers who are accusing Melnychenko are the ones who should be charged with "treason". They sold out Ukraine long ago.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 6:44 p.m.    

What's at play ? The primary motivation may not be prosecution of Melnychenko per say, but via a court trial want the &quot;tapes&quot; that incriminate Kuchma, Yanyk and others to be made public via a trial against him. If a trial against Melnychenko is conducted the ALL transcripts of the tape recordings would serve as evidence that is made public in court hearings. This will have many twists and turns.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 10:56 p.m.    

That's a pretty twisted and stupid way to go about things.

But then again - this is bass ackwards Ukraine.

There is a case against Kuchma, based in part on those tapes, which is where the complete tapes should be made public.

Or - doesn't the Parliament have any subpoena powers regarding state secrets?

Why can't the Parliament ask for a copy of the tapes to be reviewed - and made public?

Isn't there now an Access to Information statute in Ukraine?

Why couldn't the press ask for access to the tapes under that statute?

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Anonymous April 22, 2011, 8:25 a.m.    

On April 17th Member of Ukraine's Parliament Mykola Lisin (Party of Regions) wrapped his Lamborghini Gallardo around a post after executing several barrel rolls at 240kph - with predictably fatal results .

His funeral was on April 19.

On the morning of April 20 he was shown as actually SIGNED IN on the Parliamentary website. Screenshot below. To the phantom's credit, his voting card did not vote that day.

The &quot;error&quot; was corrected later that day:

This just goes to show that it is possible for Ukraine's MP's to be shown as signed in and present in Parliament while actually resting in peace 6ft under. Mykola Gogol would have died laughing...

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