The office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine reported suspicion to two persons for refusing to testify as witnesses in the case of the seizure of $3.6 million from the Odesa budget when acquiring the buildings of Krayan Holding Holding PJSC, as the press service of the Prosecutor General reports.
“The suspects were summoned for questioning as witnesses, since the investigators believed that they knew the circumstances to be proved during the pre-trial investigation. Upon arrival at the National Bureau, they refused to testify in criminal proceedings, referring to Article 63 of the Constitution of Ukraine," the message said.
They did the same when considering the case in the Malinovsky District Court of Odesa.
“Investigators consider such actions unfounded, since the witnesses are not members of the family or close relatives of the accused (...), therefore they have no legal reason to refuse to testify,” the UCP said.
The actions of the witnesses are qualified according to Part 1 of Article 385 of the Criminal Code (Refusal of a witness to testify or refusal of an expert or translator to fulfill their duties).
This article provides for a fine of 50 to 300 tax-free minimum incomes of citizens (52,550 - 315,300 UAH) or arrest for up to six months.
The Prosecutor General’s Office noted that the Krayan plant case is the record holder for the number of witnesses who interfere with justice.
As we reported before, Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine (SAPO) will appeal the decision of Malyniv District Court towards suspects in Kraian case: Odesa Mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov, his deputy Pavlo Vugelman and other officials of the mayor’s office and businessmen.