First Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice Yuriy Karmazin said at a TV talk show Monday that 105 members of all parliamentary factions had sent to Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka a request with the requirement to prosecute the ex-major of State Guards, Mykola Melnychenko, one of the main organizers of the so- called 'cassette scandal' in 2000.

The MPs are demanding a check on the legality of closing March 1, 2005 the criminal case against Melnychenko, as well as the validity of other decisions by the Prosecutor General's Office regarding institution of criminal proceedings against the ex-major.

The authors of the appeal believe that the disclosure of unauthorized records made in the office of President Leonid Kuchma, the sale of those records to third parties, including foreign organizations, and disclosure of state secrets is a sufficient argument to bring Melnychenko to justice, UKRINFORM reported.

Earlier, on June 1, ex-President Leonid Kuchma demanded that investigation against Melnychenko resume. In March, a criminal case was opened against Kuchma, involving the death of journalist Georgy Gongadze.

The criminal case against Melnychenko, who was granted political asylum in the U.S., was closed in 2005. Then the Prosecutor General's Office found that Melnychenko, conducting unauthorized recordings in the office of the President, was acting in a state of emergency, and therefore his actions are not criminal.

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