Corrupt deputy defence minister sent to house arrest

Source : 112 Ukraine

Judge also laid Ihor Pavlovsky under an obligation not to communicate with other defendants in the case, to wear an electronic bracelet and pass his foreign passports
23:22, 12 October 2017

Solomensky district court of Kyiv chose a pre-trial for Ihor Pavlovsky, Ukrainian deputy defense minister, - 24-hour house arrest. Judge Vladlena Lazarenko voiced the decision during the session in the evening of October 12, Ukrainian News report.

The judge dismissed a motion by the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office on an arrest.

At the same time, she sent the deputy minister To Zhytomyr to serve his the 24-hour house arrest at a place of residence. She also laid him under an obligation not to communicate with other defendants in the case, to wear an electronic bracelet and pass his foreign passports.

The obligations shall be due to December 10, included.

The military men, who were present in the courtroom, greeted the decision with loud and heavy applause.

Pavlovsky himself promises to file an appeal and prove he is not guilty.

During the court hearing, Pavlovsky suddenly felt bad, and the judge suspended the meeting.

Earlier Pavlovsky announced that he was not involved in embezzlement of over 5,7 million USD when contracting fuel saying that this is beyond the scope of his duties.

“Concluding deals, defining pricing policy, holding tender procedures – these completely contradict the reality and duties of the deputy defense minister,” he said.

The prosecutor insisted that Pavlovsky communicated with officers from LLC Trade Commodity, acting as a supplier of fuel. Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office requested 60 days detention with the alternative of bail in 2.7 million dollars.

As it was reported earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and Special Anti-Corruption Prosecution (SAP) exposed a corruption scheme on misappropriating almost $5.7 million on purchasing petrol for the Ministry of Defence.

Two people were detained on suspicion of involvement in the crime: Deputy Minister of Defense and Director of the Department of State Procurement and Supply of Material Resources of the Ministry.

Officially, the anti-corruption bodies and the Defense Ministry do not call their names, but Yuriy Biryukov, the assistant to the Minister of Defense, the head of the anti-corruption committee of the Verkhovna Rada, MP Yehor Sobolev, and several other people's deputies and sources in the law enforcement agencies note that they are Ihor Pavlovsky and Volodymyr Hulevych.

It has been so far established that in July-August a number of additional agreements were made, in which the cost of the petrol was groundlessly increased by about 16% from the primary. As a result, the distributor obtained state money accounting to almost $5.7 million.

Later, another two suspects of possible embezzling of over 4 million dollars of public funds at purchasing petrol were handled a suspicion notice – one of them is from State Procurements and material Resources Supplies Department, the other is an officer of the Internal Audit Department of the Ministry of Defence.

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