The Security Service of Ukraine reported today that investigative and operational actions were being carried out in the office of the mayor of Belgorod-Dnestrovsky (Odessa region) Vitaliy Grazhdan. The mayor announced that he had been beaten by SBU officers. The department claims that it was Grazhdan himself who attacked law enforcement officers. The press service of the SBU reported this LIGA.net.
Follow us on Telegram: only important and verified news
Investigative and operational actions in the mayor’s office took place within the framework of two criminal proceedings at once, initiated under Part 1 of Art. 296 (hooliganism) and Part 1, 2 Art. 438 (violation of the laws and customs of war) of the Criminal Code.
In addition, the SBU noted that Grazhdan, who ran in the elections from the now banned pro-Russian party Opposition Platform for Life, is suspected of fraud related to compensation for damage caused to one of the district’s facilities as a result of rocket attacks.
Law enforcement officers came to conduct a search and seize documents confirming illegal actions, the SBU reported.
“Despite the presence of a warrant, the mayor tried to interfere with law enforcement officers and provoked a fight. To prevent the disruption of investigative and procedural actions, the SBU officers took the measure provided for by law – they put handcuffs on him,” the commentary says.
The SBU is convinced that no physical violence, “despite all the mayor’s provocations,” was committed. On the contrary, it was on the fact of the attack on the SBU officers in the line of duty that the police opened proceedings against the city head himself, the department noted.
Grazhdan himself wrote in Facebookthat after the search, the SBU officers “exceeded their official powers, illegally deprived me and my lawyers of freedom, forbidding me to leave my office, used violence, special equipment (handcuffs), causing bodily harm …”
He published a video filmed during investigative and operational actions in his office.
If you notice a spelling mistake, select it with the mouse and press Ctrl+Enter.