Disputes around Odesa Port Plant and Saakashvili

Source : 112 Ukraine

People's Front go against Saakashvili saving Odesa Port Plant from him
19:08, 13 September 2016

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People's deputies from the faction People's Front Mykola Knyazhytsky, Pavlo Pinzenyk, Oleksandra Drozdyk and Dmytro Golubov from Petro Poroshenko Bloc applied to the Prosecutor's General of Ukraine a claim on commiting of criminal offence by the chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili. This was reported by RBC-Ukraine referring to the press-service of the People's Front.

The deputies state that they were approached by the First Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC Odesa Port Plant Mykola Schurikov. He addressed with a 112 page document, citing the facts of "committing a number of crimes against the Odessa Port  Plant by the governor of Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili jointly with others."

It is about countering the legitimate economic activity, forgery, power abuse, false report of a crime (Article 206, 364, 366, 383 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

According to People's Deputies, these actions have resulted in serious consequences for the state, in particular, in property damage fro more than 260 million dollars due to lowering the sale-price of the Odesa Port Plant. Therefore tehy came to the conclusion that there are legal grounds to initiate criminal proceedings on these specified articles of the Criminal Code and the beginning of the pre-trial investigation against Saakashvili and his assistants.

The Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili commented on the situation, saying that the deputies, who accuse him of creating a criminal gang are "messing with the wrong guy". He stated this on air of the "Evening Prime" of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Saakashvili said the charges of People's Deputies have no basis behind them. In his view, the real reason for the statements by deputies was that they want to remove him from office, as he fights for reforms in the region.

"They're messing with the wrong guy, we will continue our fight, we will ensure that the plant (Odesa port plant, - Ed.) is profitable, that all the other state-owned enterprises of Ukraine also work for the country", - he said on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel commenting on the charges by the MPs.

"Sakvarelidze was dismissed (from his office of the Deputy General Prosecutor by Prosecutor General Victor Shokin a day prior his resignation on March 29, 2016, - ed.) by request of the people whose cases he was investigating. And now they are writing the letter of the same kind on me," - Saakashvili said.

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Blaming the Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili in the creation of a criminal group is a kind of "vendetta" by the People's Deputies. Such an opinion was expressed by the MP from Petro Poroshenko Bloc Borislav Rosenblat on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"First of all, he (Saakashvili - ed.) has a very difficult position of head of the state administration. He is not free. He is limited in his functional possibilities, because he has a clear task and there exists a strict hierarchy. He has to act within his powers. If he was a political figure or a deputy, he would have had more opportunities for some kind of struggle. I think that after a meeting with the President, he took a carte blanche for his work. What happened, I mean the MPs writing their complaint on him, I think it's simple Italian word "vendetta," - he said. Rosenblat also noted the significant contribution of Saakashvili Ukrainian politicians.

Recall Economic Court of Odesa region seized the funds in all current accounts of PJSC Odesa Port Plant. The arrested amount makes four million dollars.

Earlier it was reported that the Odessa port plant will go for re-privatization in or around September 2016.

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