Ukraine's fifth president Petro Poroshenko will not be questioned by the State Bureau of Investigation on May 29: he was summoned to testify in two cases involving the illegal movement of 43 paintings and possible wiretapping of his conversations with former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden. This was stated by Poroshenko's lawyers Ilya Novikov and Igor Golovan.
Poroshenko was summoned for this questioning through a video on the Bureau’s website, but not by serving a summons as required by the Code of Criminal Procedure.
"They (State Investigation Bureau investigators – 112 International.) tried to introduce such a practice in Ukraine so that the service of the summons could be replaced by posting a video on the Bureau’s website in order to consider it a proper witness notice. This will not happen," Novikov said.
"The CCP stipulates that the summons must be served three days before the date of the interrogation. At the same time, the CCP clearly states that the first day is not taken into account when this deadline is calculated.… And we know that all these illegal actions began only yesterday," Golovan noted.
As we reported earlier, on May 26, a special force unit of the State Bureau of Investigations stormed the building Kyiv-based museum of Ivan Honchar.
The law enforcement agency explained this move with the necessity to hand over the notice to Petro Poroshenko.