SBI completes the investigation into Medvedchuk's case. He faces up to 15 years in prison
The State Bureau of Investigation has completed the pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceedings on suspicion of Viktor Medvedchuk, a people's deputy from the "Opposition Platform – For Life" political party, in treason (Article 111) and violation of the laws and customs of war (Article 438) of the Criminal Code.
This was announced on the SBI website.
The defendant faces imprisonment for up to 15 years with or without confiscation of property.
The State Bureau reminded that Medvedchuk was accused of colluding with another wanted OPFL deputy (Taras Kozak – Ed.), russian officials and other figures in "an attempt to plunder national assets: illegal oil and gas production on the Black Sea shelf in the area of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which, in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine, are the property of the Ukrainian people"
In addition, according to the investigation, Medvedchuk assisted the russian leadership in carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine. "He collected information on the location of Ukrainian military formations, the conduct of combat training activities, assisted in involving Ukrainian citizens in the realization of measures detrimental to the state and aimed at destabilizing the socio-political situation," the statement said.
The pre-trial investigation was conducted by an interdepartmental investigation team consisting of the SBI and the SSU employees. Procedural guidance was provided by the Office of the Prosecutor General.
As IMI reported, the SSU detained Medvedchuk on April 12. On April 13, Lychakiv District Court of Lviv arrested 154 more items of movable and immovable property of People's Deputy Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko.
On April 16, the Lychakiv District Court of Lviv chose detention as a measure of restraint for Viktor Medvedchuk.
Medvedchuk had been under house arrest, but before the start of the full-scale invasion he disappeared and was in hiding. According to UP, law enforcers had intelligence that the suspect had left his estate around February 24, turned off his phones and had not been in touch since.
On April 18, Viktor Medvedchuk appealed to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the president of rf vladimir putin with a proposal to exchange him for Mariupol defenders and residents.
Medvedchuk is suspected of treason and aiding terrorism.
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