Irkutsk deputy confesses to involvement in murders and being associated with Klyuchevskiye OCG
The politician showed the investigators the burial places of the victims of the Chita gang.
Deputy of the Irkutsk City Council Alexander Panko admitted involvement in the murder of two men and indicated their burial places. Previously, the investigation accused Panko of being associated with with the Klyuchevskie OCG, but in February the criminal prosecution was terminated because of the expired statute of limitation, TASS reports.
“After a detailed study of all the circumstances, the investigation came to the conclusion that there was no evidence of Panko’s involvement in the criminal activities of the Chita grouping. Considering that for the criminal act committed in 1997, the statute of limitations have expired, and Panko and his defenders filed a petition of termination of the criminal prosecution on a non-rehabilitating basis, the investigator for particularly important cases of the ICR for the Trans-Baikal Territory ... decided to terminate Panko’s prosecution,” the press service of the regional ICR Directorate explained.
Panko was arrested in October 2018 in Irkutsk, from where he was taken to Chita. In the same month, members of the Klyuchevskiye OCG were taken into custody for double murder. Having learned about that, Panko pleaded guilty. The deputy’s actions were qualified as aiding in murder without aggravating circumstances and harboring another murder (part 5 of Article 33, part 1 of Article 105, Article 316 CCRF).
In February 2019, Panko was placed under house arrest, and then released. Information about the court decision was sent to the Irkutsk City Council. The MP resumed entrepreneurship.