Yuriy Grymchak, the Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People is officially charged with getting a hand on someone else's large sum of money. He is now a suspect in the respective case, opened under the respective article of Ukraine's Criminal Code. Prosecutor Denys Ivanov reported that during the briefing.
"Previously, the media spread the information that I partially confirm. One of the issues concerned using the money to influence certain ministries of the Cabinet to get the construction projects and reconstruction of buildings. Another issue concerned the decision of the Supreme Court made regarding the civilian lawsuit", Ivanov said.
The crime that Grymchak is charged with is considered an extra tough crime. The deputy minister faces a prison term from five to twelve years with confiscation of property.
Grymchak's lawyer Dmytro Melnyk said he did not know where the court session would take place on Friday morning; it could be Pechersk court or Chernihivsky court. The appeal to choose the pre-trial restriction measure will be filed during that session.
Prosecutors tried to interview Grymchak in this case, but he refused to testify.
The Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People was detained on August 14; he and his assistant were caught on taking a bribe in the amount of USD 480,000. Later, the Prosecutor General's Office claimed Grymchak demanded a bribe for his influence on certain officials at Culture Ministry and Kyiv city state administration by means of deception.
Ukraine's Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People said that the detention of Grymchak had nothing to do with his duties in this office.