Ukrainian prosecutors close case against Finance Minister Danyliuk
The Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) of Ukraine has closed a criminal case earlier opened against incumbent Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk on charges of tax evasion, according to the portal Hromadske.ua with reference to government sources.
The minister confirmed this information in a comment to Hromadske.ua.
The criminal proceedings were terminated on the basis of Part 1 of Article 284 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "due to the absence of the event of a crime."
As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv's Pechersk District Court on July 31 ruled that the State Fiscal Service should audit Minister Danyliuk's payment of taxes.
Read alsoChief prosecutor said to press for finance minister's dismissal due to reduced funding – mediaOn July 18, a judge of the Pechersk district court received a motion from a prosecutor of the PGO's special economic crime investigation department to appoint a snap audit of Danyliuk on compliance with the requirements of tax, fiscal, and other legislation for the period of 1998-2016.
Danyliuk announced that the check was unlawful as the PGO had exceeded its authority by applying to the court for the audit, since the Criminal Procedure Code has no mentioning that a prosecutor is authorized to appoint an inspection.