The trial over Oleksandr Avakov, the son of Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, is underway at the Solomiansky district court of Kyiv.Many people arrived at the court for the hearing, including some MPs and people wearing camouflage uniforms. Their involvement in the law enforcement is unclear.
The prosecution asked for a preventive measure constituting a 2-month detention with a possibility of $186.000 bail. The prosecutor pointed out that, according to their expertise, the cost of one backpack is 555 UAH ($20), while based on the results of the tender procurement they were bought at almost 3.000 UAH ($111) per one. The lawyers, however, ask to recognize the detention of Oleksandr Avakov as unlawful.
Earlier Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov confirmed that the NABU holds the searches in the family of Avakov, particularly his son Oleksandr Avakov. The searches took place as part of the pretrial investigation of the purchase of the backpacks by the Internal Ministry in 2014-2015. Later it was reported that Oleksandr Avakov was detained.
The NABU held the searches of the probably involved persons in the case of the supposed embezzlement of the state funds during the purchase of the backpacks for the National Guard by the Internal Ministry in 2014-2015. The Prosecutor’s General Office opened the criminal proceeding due to the purchase in July 2015. According to journalist Roman Bochkala, the ministry purchased the backpacks for the price of $111 per item and the total sum amounted to $539.800.