GPU investigating murders of Crimean Tatars in Crimea

Prosecutor General of Ukraine is investigating more than a dozen cases of abduction and murder of Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea.

9 May 2016 12:09

Prosecutor General's Office investigates criminal cases involving premeditated murders and disappearances of Crimean Tatar people in Russian-occupied Crimea, Liga.net reports.

Since March, 2014, the GPU has been investigating more than 90 criminal cases involving illegal searches of Crimean Tatars’ homes, as well as imprisonment of Crimean Tatars All of them have been included on the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations, but a database of persons responsible for the crimes has not been created yet, said a spokesperson for the Prosecutor General's Office.

Also under investigation are 19 criminal cases instituted against independent Crimean journalists, including illegal entry into their homes, as well as searches and detentions. The latest criminal case was initiated against journalist Nikolay Semeny detained by Russian security forces on charges of "separatism".

It was reported earlier that the so-called ‘Crimea’s law-enforcement agencies’ conducted a series of searches and detained a number of journalists in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta in April 2016.