Access to Yanukovych search information temporarily suspended - Interpol's Ukrainian bureau

The Ukrainian bureau of Interpol has said that access to the information concerning the search for Ukrainian ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has been temporarily suspended by the commission for the control of Interpol's files until the September hearing of an appeal filed by Yanukovych and his defense team against his international fugitive status.

The Ukrainian bureau of Interpol has said that access to the information concerning the search for Ukrainian ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has been temporarily suspended by the commission for the control of Interpol's files until the September hearing of an appeal filed by Yanukovych and his defense team against his international fugitive status.

"According to the latest reports from the Office of Legal Affairs of the Interpol General Secretariat, access to the information concerning the international search for Yanukovych, V.F., in the files of the Interpol General Secretariat has been temporarily suspended by the commission for the control of Interpol's files," the Ukrainian bureau of Interpol told Interfax on July 21.

The access was suspended after "Yanukovych and his defense attorneys appealed against his international fugitive status with the said commission and a court of first instance in the city of Lyon," the bureau said. "The case hearing is due to be held during the commission's next session this September," Interpol's Ukrainian bureau said.

On January 9, 2015, Yanukovych was put on the international wanted list for the purpose of his arrest and subsequent extradition to Ukraine to stand trial "for misappropriation and stealing of assets on a massive scale or taking hold of them through abuse of office," the bureau said.

In February 2014 following a coup, Yanukovych left Ukraine and settled in Russia. Ukraine initiated a formal procedure to secure the extradition of Yanukovych, who continues to face criminal charges. A court in Kiev has issued an arrest warrant for Yanukovych.

Yanukovych is charged with abuse of office and premeditated murder, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor general.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office stated repeatedly that it sees no reason for extraditing Yanukovych.

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