Parliament approves Novinsky’s attraction to criminal liability

Source : 112 Ukraine

Rada considered People’s Deputy case for two hours in total
13:15, 8 December 2016

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine gave the Prosecutor’s General Office the consent to the criminal prosecution of People's Deputy, member of the Opposition bloc party Vadym Novinsky. The corresponding decision was supported by 228 deputies.

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko reads the resentation on Novinsky at the plenary session of the Parliament. In his speech, the Head of the GPU said details of the criminal proceedings against the Deputy and justified the need to bring him to justice under "complicity" and "false imprisonment or kidnapping."

In turn, the MP himself, speaking from the podium, once again declared his innocence and said that these accusations have a political and economic (business-related) motivation.

Related: Parliament considers removal of Novinsky’s parliamentary immunity

In addition, Novinsky said that he, a former citizen of the Russian Federation, was granted the Ukrainian citizenship by the former president, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2012 at the request of Petro Poroshenko, as Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

"According to the Prosecutor General, Yanukovych, having decided a criminal plan, gave me the citizenship. So I want to tell him that the ground for granting me citizenship by the former president of Ukraine was the request of the Minister of Economy Petro Poroshenko," said Novinsky and gave the corresponding letter allegedly signed by the current president to the Speaker of Parliament Andriy Parubiy.

Related: Ukraine’s regulatory committee refers to Parubiy to lift immunity of Novinsky

Verkhovna Rada considered People’s Deputy Novinsky’s case for two hours in total.

Recall that Novinsky is suspected of criminal offenses under Part. 2 Art. 146 ("Illegal imprisonment or kidnapping") and Part. 1 Art. 365 ("Abuse of power or official authority by a law enforcement authority") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The General Prosecutor’s Office stresses on the abuse of power by Novinsky and his crimes together with former President Viktor Yanukovych and law enforcement agencies in Kyiv with false imprisonment of the Archbishop (now - Metropolitan) Alexander (Drabynko), when he was an assistant to the late Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate ( UOC MP), Vladimir (Sabodan).

Related: Committee postponed decision on Novinsky case

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