Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister placed under house arrest until Dec 10
Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Ihor Pavlovsky charged with UAH 149 million embezzlement has been placed under house arrest, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
Judge of Kyiv's Solomyansky district court Vladlena Lazarenko, who was considering the Pavlovsky case on Thursday evening, did not satisfy a claim filed by agents of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office who insisted on the detention of the defendant on UAH 75 million bail.
The judge ruled on 24/7 house arrest, the UNIAN correspondent said.
Read alsoPoroshenko says no one dares steal from armyPavlovsky must permanently reside in the place of his registration in the town of Zhytomyr in the next two months, the court's ruling said. He was also ordered to visit the investigator, prosecutor, judge on the first call, and also to refrain from communication with other suspects in this criminal proceeding. He also must turn in his foreign passport and other documents that let him travel outside Ukraine. This court ruling will be in effect until December 10, 2017.
Pavlovsky was released from custody in the courtroom. He told reporters that he would appeal the decision, because he does not consider himself guilty.
The prosecutor in turn said that the prosecution will decide on their appeal when the full text of the ruling is available.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office exposed a corruption scheme used to embezzle public funds worth over UAH 149 million, or US$5.6 million, in fuel procurements by the Defense Ministry.
Deputy Defense Minister Ihor Pavlovsky and Director of the Department for State Procurement and Supplies of Materiel at the Defense Ministry Volodymyr Husevych were detained amid anti-corruption raids on October 11. Two other suspects are an employee of the said Department and a representative of the Defense Ministry's Internal Audit Department.
All the four are charged with committing crime under Part 5 of Article 191 ("Embezzlement or acquisition of property by abuse of office") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.