Police suspects ex-head of National Bank Gontareva of ordering arson of her own house

All versions are considered; the investigation establishes the suspect and for whose benefit he acted
17:02, 17 September 2019

Police do not exclude that house of ex-head of the National Bank (NBU) Valeria Gontareva in Kyiv region was fired on her order, as Ukrainian News reported citing Spokesperson of Kyiv National Police Mykola Zhukovych.

“We consider all versions. The investigation establishes the suspect and for whose benefit, his or someone else’s, he acted,” Zhukovych said.

According to him, the version of the ignition of the house due to the short circuit is also considered. The preliminary information shows that the unknown did it using the inflammable mixture.

As we reported the house of ex-head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Gontareva in Horenychi village, Kyiv region was burned on the night of September 17 as a result of the arson.

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According to the Emergency Service, no one suffered as a result of the arson. Kyiv Police opened the criminal proceeding due to deliberate destruction or damage to property by arson.

Earlier the court provided the detectives of the State Investigation Bureau with the permit to bring Gontareva for questioning forcibly.

On August 26, 2019, Valeria Gontareva was hit by a car in London. The woman added that law enforcers are investigating whether it was an accident or demands addressed to her has started to come true. 

Gontareva is involved in the criminal proceeding opened on July 31, 2019, on abuse of official position by officials with a view to obtaining an unlawful benefit. The issue is about changing of monetary and foreign exchange policy registered in the regulatory framework of the National Bank of Ukraine on January 19, 2016.

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The body of the preliminary investigation has objective grounds for Gontareva's questioning due to which the summons was sent to her on August 5. She had to be interrogated as the witness and came for questioning on August 12, 2019.

On August 15, the summons for Gontareva was sent once more; she had to come for the questioning on August 22. However, the ex-Head of the NBU ignored it without reporting a reason.

Valeria Gontareva has been heading the National Bank of Ukraine from June 2014 up to March 2018.

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