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Matrynenko’s case transferred to Swiss court under his pressure, - media

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According to Martynenko's defense, Swiss prosecutor continued to ignore its requirements
18:40, 20 December 2019

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A case involving an ex-MP Mykola Martynenko was transferred to Federal Criminal Court of the Swiss Confederation under pressure and at the insistence of Martynenko's defense, Espresso reports.

Martynenko was informed that "Swiss prosecutor Köli had been investigating since August 2013, and in June 2019 officially announced the completion of the investigation, but refused to refer the case to the court".

"The reason is simple: there is no evidence against Mykola Martynenko, so Swiss prosecutor wanted to shift the burden of bringing the case on Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office and Ukrainian court,” the message reads.

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Martynenko stated that "after repeated telephone calls and attempts to obtain an indictment, the defense party had to formally appeal to the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) via letters dated August 9, 2019, September 27, 2019, October 10, 2019, insisting on the transfer. Despite this, Prosecutor Köli continued to ignore requirements of Martynenko's defense".

According to the message, "the defense side had no alternative of forcing Prosecutor Köli to address the case to court other than a formal petition to the Federal Criminal Court requesting access to justice, which Martynenko could not have, given the open procrastination of Prosecutor Köli. Martynenko’s defense appealed to the Federal Criminal Court of the Swiss Confederation on October 18, 2019, with a formal complaint and a request to urge Prosecutor Köli to transfer the case to the court”.

As we reported earlier, Martynenko could face up to 5 years in prison for the aggravated money laundering in the amount of 2.8 million euros.

Related: Martynenko's case transferred to Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court

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