Poroshenko’s lawyer explains reason for non-appearance of ex-president to questioning

According to Holovan, the summons was handed over late
15:21, 6 September 2019

Petro Poroshenko, the ex-president of Ukraine
Presidential Administration press office

Ihor Holovan, the lawyer of the fifth president of Ukraine, MP Petro Poroshenko, explained that his client did not show up at the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) for questioning because the summons was handed over late as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“In accordance with the law, the summons is handed over in three days before the appearance…the first day is not counted. If the summons is dated by September 3 and appearance by September 6 then three days term is violated…That is why I came today, officially filed the proper document, wrote that the summons is with the violation of the terms established by the legislation and it is a valid reason for non-appearance,” the lawyer said.

Concerning the criminal proceeding, within which Poroshenko was summoned for questioning on September 6, then according to Holovan, “the issue had to be on the intervention in the activity of legal authorities” is tied with the statement of the judges of District Administrative Court of Kyiv on “alleged making of decision on PrivatBank”.

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He underlined that he finds the prosecution of Poroshenko to be politically motivated. “It is the fifth criminal proceeding in which he (Poroshenko, - was summoned as the witness. But he is summoned with the violation of law,” the lawyer explained.

Meanwhile, Holovan did not specify whether the questioning on September 10 is going to take place.

On September 3, ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko did not show up for the questioning at the State Investigation Bureau (SIB). Lawyer of politician Ihor Holovan explained the reason for the non-appearance of his client – he is the MP of Ukraine now and works in the session hall. 


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