Yulia Mendel, a spokeswoman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Zelensky had not offered any positions to far-right Serhiy Sternenko. She told this to Radio Svoboda.
"President of Ukraine did not offer any positions to Serhiy Sternenko, as such proposals are not part of the model of social elevators, which the President considers the best model for selecting professionals for positions," Mendel said.
Mendel also commented on a phone call Sternenko had after the verdict was announced to him with an addressee signed as "Volodymyr Zelensky."
"The public statements that the president is trying to add to this story are a politicization of the case. The president did not receive any calls from this convicted person (Sternenko, - ed.). The head of state believes that he should not be part of any activist or politician's self-promotion attempts, his name should not be used in attempts to protect himself from a court verdict," Zelensky's spokeswoman added.
However, Sternenko's lawyer Masi Nayyem says that Zelensky offered the position to his client with 10 witnesses.
"This is not true. I personally attended a meeting at which the president offered Sternenko a position. There were also at least ten people," Nayem wrote on his Facebook page.
Earlier it was reported that Serhiy Sternenko was found guilty of abducting a person and sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison.
The court recognized the seized during the search items as admissible evidence. Sternenko himself claims that the search of his home was carried out without a lawyer, with whom he was not allowed to contact. The testimony of Serhiy Shcherbych, who accuses Sternenko of his abduction, was also found credible.
The court also ruled for the confiscation of half of Sternenko's property as a punishment and decided to take the activist into custody in the courtroom.
According to Babel, after the verdict was announced, Sternenko made a statement in which he stated that he did not plead guilty and considered the case a politically motivated persecution.