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Ex-head of Regions Party faction of Ukrainian parliament Yefremov detained on suspicion of violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity

Former head of the Party of Regions faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Yefremov, has been detained on suspicion of violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said.
Ex-head of Regions Party faction of Ukrainian parliament Yefremov detained on suspicion of violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity

“Ex-head of the Regions Party faction Yefremov has been detained on suspicion of infringement of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine,” Lutsenko wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“He has been detained at the airport with a ticket to Vienna this morning,” said the press secretary of the Prosecutor General, Larysa Sarhan.

On November 21, 2015, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) sent materials regarding the indictment of former Party of Regions MPs Oleksandr Yefremov and Oleksandr Stoyan, and Serhiy Hordiyenko of the Communist Party, to a court over their voting for the “dictatorship laws” on January 16, 2014. The former MPs are suspected under Part 2 of Article 364 (abuse of power or office), and Part 2 of Article 366 (forgery by an official) of Criminal Code of Ukraine.

On November 30, 2015, the Pechersky District Court returned to the prosecutor’s office the indictment against Yefremov, Stoyan and Hordiyenko in the case of voting for the “dictatorial laws” on January 16, 2014. The relevant decision was made by a panel of three judges, who said that the indictment did not meet the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.

In May 2016, Yefremov said that he was questioned in six criminal cases against him, but he doesn’t know the exact number of cases.

The same month, former MP of the Party of Regions Volodymyr Landik said that he would show the Prosecutor General’s Office evidence that the election results in Luhansk region were falsified, as well as other evidence of offences committed by Yefremov.