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Ukraine implements amnesty law consistently and in full measure

February 10, 2014, 19:06 UTC+3 KIEV
In the meantime, the Party of Regions has urged prosecutors to “give legal assessment” to attempts by opposition forces to create “paramilitary units”
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KIEV, February 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s parliamentary speaker Vladimir Rybak said in an interview with the Rada TV channel on Monday that the Ukrainian authorities were implementing the amnesty law “consistently and in full measure.”

“According to reports received yesterday, police are gradually releasing all protesters who were detained during the days of clashes and confrontation,” Rybak emphasized.

The parliament speaker asked Ukraine’s chief prosecutor to inform the parliamentary leadership on the matter in view of the fact that some leaders of radical opposition groups had claimed that the amnesty law was not being implemented.

Rybak noted that according to the information provided by opposition leaders about 50 people were still behind the bars while more than 200 have been let out of jail.

Rybak said he was convinced that all the detainees would soon be released and all criminal proceedings against participants in the protest actions will be completed. “So no one is persecuted by investigative bodies,” the speaker said.

He called on the authorities and the opposition to meet their obligations in implementing the amnesty law. Rybak reminded the opposition that protesters should also vacate government buildings and unblock the Grushevsky Street.

In the meantime, the Party of Regions has urged prosecutors to “give legal assessment” to attempts by opposition forces to create “paramilitary units,” the party said in its statement to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office on Monday.

Ukraine’s ruling party has accused the opposition of intention to create permanent detachments of radical supporters who will be involved in opposition inter-clan wrangles.

“The opposition leaders are bringing back the turbulent 90s to Ukraine. Unlawful actions will be carried out in the name of the ‘maidan’,” the Party of Regions said in its statement.

The Party of Regions has criticized the opposition for being too carried away by “war games”, warning their actions could be followed by criminal prosecution.

“We are convinced that international public will give an assessment to the opposition’s militaristic initiative,” the ruling party said adding that it hoped that Europe and the United States would also raise their voices against the opposition’s militaristic intentions.

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