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Regulatory committee admits petition of Prosecutor’s Office against MP Kolesnikov legal

At the same time, the parliament’s committee voiced number of qualifications toward the arguments of Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine
15:32, 8 October 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

The regulatory committee recognized the petition of the Prosecutor General for lifting of the immunity from Dmytro Kolesnikov, the MP of “Opposition Bloc” legal. Acting Head of the Committee Pavlo Pinzenyk claimed this on the results of the session.

“During the session of the committee, we heard the arguments of the Prosecutor General’s Office due to the filed petition and also heard the explanations of MP Kolesnikov and persons on the appeal of the Prosecutor General’s Office and Kolesnikov and offer to approve directly a conclusion. We conclude that the petition is legal as it was initiated by the legal petition subject,” acting Head of the Committee Pavlo Pinzenyk said.

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The committee expressed the warning on the evidence that can confirm what exactly is the intent in the actions of MP Kolesnikov when he changed the list of the property that is not included in the integral property complex, that cannot be privatized or which special purpose cannot be changed; and the connection with its pass to the territorial community of Dnipropetrovsk and consequently their alienation in the benefit of third party, particularly two legal persons.

During the session of the committee, Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko explained the exact reasons for suspicion of MP of “Opposition Bloc” Dmytro Kolesnikov. According to him, the Prosecutor General’s Office wants to investigate the events that can be identified as appropriation, embezzlement or acquisition of it by abuse of an official position in especially large amount or by organized group.”

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During the discussion, Lutsenko specified: “Director with the help of the Head of Agency withdrew two objects and it was illegal and then he intended to sale it and loot the public property”.

He expressed the belief that Kolesnikov did not stop the change of the legal status of the property. After the session, the prosecutor general said that the prosecutor’s office does not plan to ask for a permission for the arrest of MP.

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In his turn, Kolesnikov claimed that the accusations are groundless.

“There was no abuse of power from my side and it could not take place because the prosecutor’s office estimates the period of time and actions of the State Property Agency when I did not work there. At that time, I was a chairman of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration,” Kolesnikov claimed

According to him, some of the rooms were not used and were in the disrepair so the leadership of the institute made a decision to rent them. Lawyer of MP Iryna Opanasenko emphasized that the petition is based on the order of the State Property Agency on the pass of the property from the public to communal ownership dated February 2013 and Dmytro Kolesnikov worked there as the chairman until December 2012.

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As we reported Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko presented a filing petition to the Verkhovna Rada on limiting immunity and prosecution of Oleksandr Vilkul, Dmytro Kolesnikov and Serhiy Dunayev, tne MPs of “Opposition Bloc”.

Later the Verkhovna Rada Committee has recognized legal and grounded the appeal for the removal of immunity from the member of the Opposition Bloc Serhiy Dunaev.

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