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The court is illegally delaying consideration of complaint regarding the closure of Avakov’s son case

The Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv is illegally delaying the consideration of activists’ complaint regarding the closure of the “case of backpacks” concerning the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and former Deputy Minister.

On August 17 Anti-Corruption Action Center filed the complaint to Solomyansky Court against the decision of SAPO Prosecutor Vasyl Krychun to close the criminal proceeding regarding the case of backpacks concerning the son and former Deputy of the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov.

As of August 27 the court did not consider the complaint, and even did not appoint the date of hearing. Although the law requires the consideration of such complaint within a five-day period after its filing, meaning that the court has been obliged to consider it before August 22.

“According to the Criminal Procedure Code, the court had to register the complaint and appoint the judge on the day of its receipt. The court is obliged to consider the complaint within 5 calendar days from the moment of its receipt,” – said Vitaliy Tsokur, the AnTAC lawyer.

On August 20, three days after the deadline, the complaint was automatically appointed to the judge Senin V.Y.

“The court violated our right to appeal against the illegal decision to close the “case of backpacks” within the time limit defined by the law. In case the court does not consider the complaint, AnTAC will be forced to appeal to the High Council of Justice,” – adds the lawyer.

We should recall that in July 2018, SAPO Prosecutor Krychun closed the proceedings in the “case of backpacks” regarding two subjects, the son of Minister of Internal Affairs Oleksandr Avakov and former Deputy Minister Serhii Chebotar due to the absence of “direct sufficient evidence”. Meanwhile, the third subject was left as the suspect, Volodymyr Lytvyn, who claimed  himself responsible for the crime.