Court releases Ukraine Interior Minister’s son on personal recognizance, orders to wear ankle bracelet
The Solomensky District Court of Kyiv on Wednesday, November 1, ruled to release on personal recognizance Oleksandr Avakov, the suspect in an embezzlement case, who is the son of Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs.
The suspect was also obliged to wear an ankle bracelet at all times, turn in his travel passport, and report to the law enforcement agencies at first call.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 31, agents of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau raided Oleksandr Avakov's apartment. Later, the anti-graft watchdog announced it had detained three persons as part of an investigation into embezzlement of over UAH 14 million in backpack procurement deals signed by the Interior Ministry. The detainees included an ex-deputy interior minister Serhiy Chebotar and a representative of the firm that won a procurement bid.
Read alsoAvakov's son on charges against him: "Biased political case"Both Avakov Jr. and Chebotar were notified of suspicion of committing a crime under part 5 of Art.191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (misappropriation, embezzlement of assets or their seizure though abuse of office).
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov claimed his son was not guilty.
"Neither my son nor the firms founded by him get or got a single penny from the budget of Ukraine. And Oleksandr Avakov will go through the [legal] procedure and prove it in court ... For all those who want to use this situation for publicity purposes, for their own political ambitions or solution of own situational tasks – I'll answer once again: 'It won't work.' I'm not going to trade my own principles for personal comfort and the ease of being," the minister wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, October 31.
Read alsoNABU detains Ukraine Interior Minister's sonHe also stressed that NABU and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) "should be the agencies that are free from the influence of political groups and interests."