Court lifts arrest from accounts of companies associated with Yanukovych’s son

Source : 112 Ukraine

The accounts of 9 out of 12 companies arrested in 2015-2016 were unfrozen
08:49, 17 April 2018

The arrest was lifted from the accounts of companies associated with the son of former President Viktor Yanukovych, Oleksandr. This was stated in the published decisions of the Pechersky District Court on February 14.

It is about the arrests imposed in 2015 and 2016 in the case of appropriation of budget funds through the offices of Ukrzaliznytsia. As the investigation found out, the accounts of companies created to legalize the money appropriated by the offenders were opened in the now-bankrupt All-Ukrainian Development Bank, owned by Oleksandr Yanukovych.

In total, the materials of the investigation indicate 12 companies, each of which is controlled by workers of this bank.

Earlier court decisions stated that there were a total of about 550 million hryvnias (21 million USD) and 27 million dollars on the accounts of these companies, which, according to the investigation, were appropriated by the defendants from the state budget of Ukraine.

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But current decisions indicated that the rights on the arrested accounts now belong to Ascor-Invest Ltd. At the same time, official suspicions have not been announced, and the investigation, the court believes, "has not proven that the funds in these accounts are the subject of criminal activity."

These circumstances became the basis for lifting the arrest from the accounts.

Yanukovych Jr. himself denies all charges.

As it was reported earlier, Vitaly Serdyuk and Ihor Fedorenko, the advocates of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine filed the official appeal on the necessity to renew the mandate of the EU Council monitoring mission in the investigation of the crimes in Maida to the office of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of Germany who was the guarantor of the Agreement on the peaceful setting of the political crisis in Ukraine dated February 21, 2014. 

Serdyuk published the copies of the documents. The president’s office accepted the proper appeal of the lawyers of Yanukovych on March 29. According to the advocate, it is expected that the lawmakers of Bundestag and human rights organizations will file an official appeal to the European Parliament and the OSCE. The decision to appeal to Steinmeier was made after the number of the meetings and negotiations, which were held by the lawyers in Berlin with the lawmakers of the European Parliament, Bundestag, different German politician and human rights activists.

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