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Court rules to detain Poroshenko, take him to court

Source : 112 Ukraine

Defense of the former president emphasizes that there are no grounds for forcing Poroshenko to go to court
18:20, 12 January 2022

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The Pechersk court of Kyiv has decided to detain former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, politicioan's lawyer Ihor Holovan reports on a briefing.

He noted that his client is planned to be taken to court by force.

"There is a decision to detain Petro Poroshenko in order to bring him to court, and there is a request from the Office of the Prosecutor General to apply a measure of restraint to Petro Poroshenko," Holovan said.

The defense of the former president appealed to the Pechersk court about the fact that, according to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the MP must be notified in advance of the consideration of such petitions.

"We emphasize that there are no grounds for forcibly bringing Petro Poroshenko to court or detaining him in accordance with the law. Because he was traveling outside Ukraine and immediately after arriving in Ukraine he is ready to appear in court voluntarily. Moreover, he is not only ready, but also requires the investigating judge to schedule a hearing and give him the opportunity to take part in it," the lawyer said.

As it was reported on December 20, the State Bureau of Investigations has notified Petro Poroshenko, the fifth president of Ukraine of a suspicion of high treason. The fifth president is suspected of supplying coal from the temporarily occupied areas of Donbas in 2014-2015.

On December 24, the Office of the Prosecutor General has approved a request to impose a measure of restraint on the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the form of arrest with the possibility of bail of UAH one billion ($36,609,354).

Later, a prosecutor has withdrawn the petition to apply a preventive measure in the form of detention against the suspected ex-president Petro Poroshenko from Kyiv's Pechersky district court. However, the Security Service of Ukraine denied it, in spite of the court's decision.

It is worth noting that Poroshenko went on a "diplomatic tour" just before the announcement of suspicion. The fifth president went to Turkey and then intends to visit Poland.

According to the ex-president, Poroshenko will return to Ukraine on January 17. Upon arrival he wants to meet with the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

Related: Court arrests assets of two TV channels that belonged to Poroshenko

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