Court lets ex-MP Martynenko out on parole

Source : 112 Ukraine

Court refused to arrest former Verkhovna Rada deputy
15:04, 22 April 2017

Solomianka district court of Kyiv released Mykola Martynenko on parole. Decision was announced by judge Oleksandr Bobrovnyk.

Martynenko was let out under the guarantees of 15 people’s deputies and four ministers.

Martynenko himself claimed that he was satisfied with the court’s decision.

"I am not going anywhere," he added.

Prosecutor Roman Symkiv noted that the decision of the court will be appealed.

"We will carry out the decision, but, at the same time, our position will be expressed in the appeal," prosecutor said.

Martynenko also delivered a statement during today’s hearing on choosing preventive measure, stressing he is not going to leave the country.

"They are really concerned about me fleeing or getting political asylum. Dear colleagues, that won’t happen, I will not ask for any political asylum," he said.

Former MP Mykola Martynenko was detained by National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) detectives on April 20. He is suspected of embezzling funds of Eastern mining and processing plant state enterprise (Vostgok). 

NABU representative told that this is about purchase scheme of uranium concentrate at higher prices. "As the investigation established, acquisition was made though mediator company, controlled by former MP. State enterprise inflicted losses on more than $17 million as a result of this scheme."

Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) asks the court to arrest Martynenko for 60 days with $11 million bail. MP claimed he had no such money to post. Ex-deputy noted that the accusations against him were falsified at the request of Artem Sytnyk, the Head of National Anti-Corruption Bureau, while the case is political and is not supported with any evidence.

It is noteworthy that fugivite MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko also published recording with Mykola Martynenko in Spain earlier.

Related: Court hearing on choosing preventive measure for Martynenko to resume at 10 a.m.

Related: Biden’s list: not only MP Martynenko to remain without mandate

Related: NABU to question individuals involved with new “Onyshchenko recordings”

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