26 October 2016

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Military Prosecutor's Office completes investigation into Romanchuk's case

The Military Prosecutor's Office of the southern region has, in less than two months, completed a pre-trial investigation into the criminal proceedings against the hero of Ukraine, First Deputy Chairman of Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Mykola Romanchuk, the Office of Public Relations and Mass Media of the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) of Ukraine told a UNIAN correspondent.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

"The suspect in the commission of an offense under Part 4, Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and his lawyer under Article 290 of the Code of Criminal Procedure are provided with the materials for examination," the PGO said.

As reported earlier, in early June, SBU operatives and military prosecutors detained a group of officials headed by Romanchuk on bribery charges.

During searches at the offices and houses of the defendants, including Romanchuk’s mansion, law enforcers found a suitcase with US$300,000 in cash and a significant amount of jewellery. In Romanchuk's house, SBU officers discovered a network of tunnels, with safes containing gold ingots, ancient icons, antiques and silverware. Black accounting books were also kept in the safes, pointing to corruption deals.

Poroshenko sacks Mykolayiv Governor amid corruption in regionOn June 8, the Odesa district court held a hearing to determine pre-trial restrictions for Romanchuk. The court ordered pre-trial detention for two months with the bail amount set at UAH 5.5 million.

On June 22, Romanchuk was released on bail from the Odesa detention facility. 

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