Criminal group plotted terrorist attacks on state institutions - interior minister

Criminal group plotted terrorist attacks on state institutions - interior minister

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A criminal organization headed by former Ukrspyrt director Mykhailo Labutin plotted terrorist attacks on state institutions, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said. 

"A group of militants plotted terrorist attacks on state institutions, including the [killing] of a number of state functionaries, the minister and other officials," the Interior Ministry's press service quoted him as saying at a briefing in Khmelnytsky on Friday.

According to him, the issue concerns a large group of criminals who committed several contract killings and assassination attempts in Kyiv. "Not all of them were named, only those which the investigation decided to disclose," Avakov added.

Earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine sent to Romania a request for extradition to Ukraine of former Ukrspyrt director Mykhailo Labutin so as to bring him to account. He was detained on Romanian territory in December 2017 on suspicion of involvement in a murder.

According to Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin, the procedure for extradition checks is currently underway. Once they are completed, the Prosecutor General's Office hopes that Labutin will be extradited to Ukraine.

The Prosecutor General's Office suspects Labutin of committing crimes envisaged in Article 115 (intentional murder), Article191 (appropriation, embezzlement or taking possession of property by abuse of office) and Article 212 (tax evasion) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Interpol placed Labutin on the international wanted list.

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