Yury Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine said that the accusations of him that he hushed up the activity of ICU Company were a myth; he claimed that the company is not involved in the withdrawal of 1.5 billion dollars by Yanukovych’s entourage and noted that the company worked legally as Ukrainian News reported.
‘Another myth: Lutsenko intentionally disrupts the activity of ICU Company owned by Hontareva who later headed the National Bank of Ukraine. But let’s analyze the role of the ICU. The role was very simple: it registered what was bought and for what money, for example, some securities were bought. Money is in Ukraine; it is washed and placed in ‘OshchadBank’. ICU did not participate in the withdrawal of money from Ukraine. Also, it did not participate in the return of money to the country’, Lutsenko claimed.
He noted that the Prosecutor’s Office questioned people, order the check at the specialized office on the signs of the violation of the law on the case of the withdrawal of 1.5 billion dollars by Yanukovych’s entourage.
‘Commission on securities gave the answer: ICU worked legally’, Lutsenko said. ‘ICU needed to ask for the legality of money and ICU did so and ‘OshchadBank’ reported that money in Ukraine is legal. Commission thinks that ICU did what it was supposed to do. The issue is the correct work of the worker of ‘OshchadBank’ and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. The investigation established this’.
Also, he noted that one more state expert study was started in this case.
‘When an expert who is under the criminal responsibility on the authenticity of the data will give a response then things become clear’, Lutsenko said.
As we reported Al Jazeera published the court ruling of Kramatorsk Court as of March 28, 2017, on the asset forfeiture of the funds of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine in the sum of 1.5 billion dollars within the investigation. The document contains 94 pages with the mentioning of the surnames and companies involved in the plundering. One of them is Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU) was managed by Ukraine's Central Bank governor, Valeria Gontareva, a close ally of Poroshenko.