Ukraine's SBI summons Poroshenko for questioning
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has summoned former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for questioning on July 17.
"I can only confirm that Poroshenko has been summoned for July 17," SBI press secretary Anzhelika Ivanova said.
The SBI has not yet reported either the time when the interrogation starts or the case in which the ex-president is summoned for investigative actions.
"Now I can't tell you other details," Ivanova said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on May 21, SBI investigators at the request of former deputy head of the Viktor Yanukovych Presidential Administration Andriy Portnov opened criminal proceedings on the fact of possible treason and actions aimed at seizing state power by former President Poroshenko and other officials in November 2018.
The SBI said the case was initiated under Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (actions aimed at forcibly changing or overthrowing the constitutional system or seizing state power), Article 111 (high treason) and 426-1 (abuse of power by a military official).
The SBI said the issue related to the events in the Kerch Strait area on November 25, 2018, associated with the passing of a Ukrainian naval group from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov.
In addition, on May 23, SBI chief Roman Truba said the agency was examining Portnov's statement about Poroshenko's possible economic crimes related to the Kuznya na Rybalskomu shipbuilding and armament company in Kyiv.
On May 29, Truba did not rule out that Poroshenko might be interrogated in the case concerning the Presidential Administration's situational room, which related to the disappearance of property and equipment after the recent presidential election.