Activists filed lawsuit regarding closure of Avakov’s case
The Anti-Corruption Action Center filed a lawsuit to Solomyanskyi Court on the decision of SAPO prosecutor Vasyl Krychun to close the criminal proceeding regarding the “case of backpacks.” The case concerns the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and former Deputy Minister.
Activists consider it unlawful to close the proceeding against the son of Minister of Internal Affairs Oleksandr Avakov and former Deputy Minister Serhii Chebotar. Both, according to the investigation, are involved in embezzlement of 14,5 million UAH on the purchase of backpacks for the needs of the National Guard.
“SAPO Prosecutor Krychun V.V. has taken grossly unreasonable decision that does not correspond to the circumstances of the proceeding and contradicts legally established information”, – the complaint says.
In particular, the prosecutor ignored requirements of the Criminal Procedure Law, namely provisions of Article 2, 9, 23, Article 84, Article 91 Part 2, Article 93 Part 2, Article 94 Part 1, Article 110, and misidentified the formal reason for the closure of criminal proceeding under Paragraph 3 Part 1 Article 284.
“There is a large number of grounds for abolishing the prosecutor’s decision to close the criminal proceeding No. 42015000000001349 dated 07.07.2015 in part of the suspicion of Chebotar S.I. and Avakov O.A.”, – activists claim.
The Head of the SAPO or his deputy may abolish the decision to close the case and reopen the investigation.
However, Nazar Kholodnytskyi and First Deputy Maksym Hryshchuk illegally postpone consideration of NABU’s appeal on the decision of SAPO prosecutor Krychun. The latter in July 2018 closed the “case of backpacks” regarding the son of Minister of Internal Affairs Oleksandr Avakov and former Deputy Minister Serhii Chebotar due to the absence of “direct sufficient evidence”.
General Prosecutor Lutsenko refused to consider the detectives’ complaint. Meanwhile, the third subject was left as the suspect – Volodymyr Lytvyn, who claimed himself responsible for the crime.