The head of Ukraine’s Central Election Committee Mykhailo Okhendovsky intends to join the cross-examination at the NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. He told that to one of Ukraine’s news agencies on Monday.
Okhendovsky’s defense team received the subpoena, under which they were obliged to show up at the court hearing on January 16. The head of Ukraine’s Central Election Committee is to testify along with another individual, whose identity was not disclosed at the time.
‘To avoid any insinuations by the NABU, I’d like to say that me and my lawyers are going to show up, and we’re going to participate. I have repeatedly said that I’m interested in maximum transparency in this trumped-up case,’ he said.
Okhendovsky, affiliated with the once ruling Party of Regions (a pro-Russian force in the Ukrainian parliament that is now disbanded, - 112 International) added his lawyers still have had no opportunity to look into the materials of the pre-trial investigation, which violates the Criminal Procedure Code.
‘We’ll have to appeal and ask to disqualify the detective who leads the investigation into this case,’ Okhendovsky said.
Last month, the NABU detectives informed Okhendovsky he was suspected of financial crimes, specifically bribe-taking on an especially large scale. The detectives pointed out to the black accounts of the Party of Regions, which contains provision saying that the party’s management paid for the official’s vacation.