Ukrainian court: Italian citizen to recover money confiscated in October 2016

The woman attempted to illegally move the money but got detained in Zhuliany airport

18:08, 11 January 2017

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The Kyiv Appeal Court charged the government to refund an Italian national the sum of 1 million U.S. dollars, which she tried to move abroad out of Ukraine in autumn 2016.

Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, said this at the government session in Kyiv on Wednesday.

‘The appeal court ruled that the customs office in Kyiv should refund the charged sum, while the Italian citizen will be pronounced innocent’, he said.

According to Groysman, the customs office worker was not allowed to speak during the court’s session. ‘The judge announced the court’s decision and closed the session… I heard a word that the custom office workers received an offer – a bribe worth of USD 200,000.They refused, and now the judge didn’t let them speak. That’s it. The rest of what I’d like to tell that judge is censored, I’m afraid,’ the Premier said. According to Groysman, 1 million dollars should have been returned to Ukraine’s state treasury.

In late 2016, Kyiv custom office workers detained an Italian citizen; the woman tried to get over a million dollars out of the country. She reported to have no money and tried to pose herself as a diplomat. When she failed to show her diplomatic passport, they searched her and her luggage. The money was found in the sealed footwear boxes.   

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