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Court Arrests All Property Of Major Melnychenko In Ukraine

Court Arrests All Property Of Major Melnychenko In Ukraine

The Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv has ordered to arrest all property of Mykola Melnychenko, former officer of the presidential guard, in Ukraine.

This is said in the court decision of September 10, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

It reads that major Melnychenko is suspected of high treason, espionage, trading is state secrets, and money laundering.

The pre-trial investigation has established that the suspect began to collect secret information in February 2000 by bugging the office of then President Leonid Kuchma and put on tapes Kuchma's conversations with top officials and politicians.

According to the investigation, in 2002-2004 Melnychenko gave the tapes to foreign organizations for money and legalized the money by purchasing real estate and transport vehicles in Ukraine and the United States.

In particular, a witness in the case says Melnychenko received USD 2 million from the United States.

In 2017, Ukrainian law enforcement agencies sent inquiries to the U.S. authorities with a request to establish where Melnychenko lived and to hold investigative actions with him.

It was established that Melnychenko lived in Metuchen, New Jersey.

Ukraine also applied to the Interpol with a request to put Melnychenko on red notice.

The Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv allowed Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to arrest the suspect.

The court arrest all property of the suspect in Ukraine, including three cars (LEXUS IS 250, LEXUS RX 350, TOYOTA CAMRY 2.4), four semitrailers, three trucks, two flats, two land plots, and a house.

The court also arrested banking accounts of firms linked with Melnychenko.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, in 2013, the Security Service of Ukraine resumed investigation against Mykola Melnychenko.

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