"Stranger things" at PGO: Spokespersons say charges against top officials brought illegally
Larysa Sargan, spokeswoman for Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, and PGO speaker Andriy Lysenko distributed an official statement of the PGO that suspicion notices against former NBU Governor Valeria Gontareva, former head of Presidential Administration Borys Lozhkin, co-owner of ICU Konstantin Stetsenko and deputy chief or Presidential Administration Oleksiy Filatov were announced in violation of law.
The identical statement posted on Facebook by both press officers says the Prosecutor General’s Office informs that “the so-called notification of suspicion of V.Gontareva, B.Lozhkin, K.Stetsenko, and O.Filatov was carried out with violation of procedural legislation, which requires sufficient evidence, an order of the prosecutors' group leader, and personal delivery."
As noted in the statement," none of these requirements were met by prosecutor K. Kulyk.
Therefore, said persons are not considered suspects in the understanding of Art. 42 of the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine.
The legal assessment of the actions of prosecutor Kulyk will be provided by the State Bureau of Investigation.
The official statement of the PGO concludes that “election fever clearly spoils people”.
As UNIAN reported earlier, a PGO official, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) Department of International Legal Cooperation, Head of the Criminal Procedural Management Department Kostiantyn Kulyk has confirmed reports about charges brought against Petro Poroshenko's allies.
"Yes, I confirm that such charges have been brought," Kulyk told UNIAN.
The initial report claiming that the suspicion notices have been issued against top officials was published by a U.S.-based Russian-language news outlet Forum Daily.