Ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko did not show up for the questioning at the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) as SIB Director Roman Truba reported on Telegram.
“His (Poroshenko’s) lawyer came; he explained the reason for the non-appearance of his client – he is the MP of Ukraine now and works in the session hall. I do not exclude that such argument will be used as cliché at next non-appearance for investigative actions of the SIB,” Truba noted.
He added that the parliamentary immunity would not allow using the norm of the Criminal Proceeding Code on the coerced appearance toward Poroshenko.
“But here is one catch. The lawmakers have only three months to use this possibility. Today, the parliament has sent the parliamentary immunity back in the past. From January 2020 it will stop to be a guise for avoiding responsibility. We will send the second summons,” the SIB director underlined.
Petro Poroshenko came for an interrogation at the State Investigations Bureau on August 12. Entering the main building of the SIB in Kyiv, the ex-president refused to reply to reporters' questions.
He was interrogated within the criminal proceeding on the possible tax evasion during the sales and purchase of Pryamy TV channel.
On August 13, the court provided the permission to check Poroshenko at polygraph.
On September 3, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine finally amended the Constitution and restricted the immunity of the MPs. 373 lawmakers voted for the bill #7203.