Former Odessa Oblast Police Chief Fuchedzhi Flees Ukraine, Placed on Wanted List


Ukraine’s Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov reported that former chief of Odessa oblast police Dmytro Fuchedzhi has been placed on a wanted list.

“Mr Fuchedzhi crossed the state border of Ukraine at 5 am this morning and is now a fugitive from justice; he has been placed on a wanted list,” said Avakov to journalists gathered at Kharkiv airport on Wednesday, May 7.

He also reported that prosecution bodies have detained three police officers in connection with pretrial investigation into Odessa events, and they are now being transported to Kyiv for interrogation.

According to unconfirmed reports by local journalists, Fuchedzhi was briefly detained on Tuesday, May 6. The fact of detention was reportedly confirmed by the new Odessa oblast police chief Ivan Katerynchuk, but later denied by Acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine Oleh Makhnitskyi who said there have been no arrests so far in connection with Odessa events. However, after being questioned, Fuchedzhi was released a few hours later on his own reconnaissance, following his promise to attend interrogations upon being summoned. This was reported by LIGABiznesInform correspondent Petro Shuklinov on his Facebook page.

As reported previously, Fuchedzhi served as deputy chief in charge of public security at Odessa oblast police, and he was personally in downtown Odessa on May 2, during the violent clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian activists that resulted in numerous fatalities. Additionally, he was the acting chief of oblast police on May 4, when police officers released a group of detained pro-Russian activists following the attack on the city police department.

Source: Ukrainska Pravda

Translated by: Olga Ruda

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