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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office summons ex-top officials of Pororshenko's times for questions

Ex-deputy head of Poroshenko's Administration Filatov, ex-head of National Bank Gontareva, and ex-Minister of EcologyZlochevsky will be questioned as the suspects
15:00, 6 August 2019

NBU

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) summons ex-deputy head of the presidential administration Oleksy Filatov, ex-head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Hontareva and ex-Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mykola Zlochevsky for questioning, as the GPU reported.

The GPU investigates the case on the illicit enrichment of prosecutor Kostyantyn Kulyk. The questioning is planned for August 12. Filatov, Zlochevsky, and Hontareva will be questioned as suspects in this case.

Oleksy Filatov is suspected of the commitment of such crimes as the laundering of money obtained by criminal means and assistance of the members of the criminal organizations and concealment of their criminal activity.

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Mykola Zlochevsky is suspected in the commitment of the crime laundering of money obtained by criminal means. Valeria Hontareva is suspected in the commitment of such crimes as appropriation, embezzlement or acquisition of property by abuse of power.

On December 25, 2015, the pretrial investigation was begun by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) due to the fact of the illicit enrichment of military prosecutor of the ATO forces in Donbas Kostyantyn Kulyk.

On July 4, 2016, Kyiv court temporarily suspended him from the post and released on personal recognizance. The Appeal Court restored Kulyk at his post on July 13.

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In October 2016, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) passed the criminal proceeding on Kulyk case to the court. It is stated that he purchased property for a year and a half and it costs more than his wage during five years.

In April 2017, he was transferred to the International-Legal Cooperation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled unconstitutional an article of a Criminal Code on the illicit enrichment of public officials upon the pretext that the provisions of the article violate the presumption of innocence. 

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The Constitutional Court said that the legislative structure of Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "permits accusations based on assumptions." In addition, it includes the provisions regulating the process of evidence, although this is related to the criminal procedure law.

In addition, the Constitutional Court said that the legislative definition of "illegal enrichment" as a crime makes it possible to shift this responsibility from the prosecution to the defense.

In March 2019, the NABU closed all cases on the illicit enrichment.

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