Yatsenyuk Will Be Trialled in Ukraine for Embezzlement

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The Solomensky district court of Kiev has obliged the National Anti-corruption Bureau to initiate criminal proceedings concerning the former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the Minister of Justice Pavel Petrenko on suspicion of embezzling state funds in large amounts and money laundering. This is stated in the judicial materials. The court made this decision on October 17th.

In court the claimant noted that NABU had earlier refused to initiate the corresponding criminal proceedings upon his appeal, so in this connection he filed a complaint in the court.

The court satisfied his claim and ordered to begin an investigation concerning Yatsenyuk, Petrenko, and also one of the Deputy Ministers of Justice and the head of the secretariat of the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice.

The court obliged NABU to open proceedings under articles 364 (abuse of power or of an official position), 191 (misappropriation, embezzlement, or taking possession of property by abusing an official position), 209 (legalisation [laundering] of income acquired in a criminal way), 366 (official forgery), and 212 (evasion of taxes, fees, and other obligatory payments) of the the Criminal Code. The circumstances of possible crimes committed by officials aren’t specified.

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