Ukrainian justice refuses to investigate President Poroshenko’s fraud

12.06.2015 13:49

On the 10th of June, 2015 Pechersk District Court in Kyiv dismissed a complaint of the Ukrainian MP Vitalii Kuprii, who accused the General prosecutor Viktor Shokin of failure to start a criminal case against the President Petro Poroshenko. The fraud scandal goes back to 2009 when Poroshenko and his business partner (now MP) Igor Kononenko appropriated a block of elite public land for free.

The court claims that MP Kuprii’s statement based on results of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty investigation does not contain any data on criminal offense. The court order states: “MP’s statement about the alleged criminal offense does not have any ground in order to be included to the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations“.

However, the MP is confident that the court order violates the Ukrainian legislation making evident a complete dependence of the judicial system from the government. Mr. Kuprii argues - “By dismissing my complaint the court treats highly reputable journalists of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty as deceivers who violated journalistic ethics and demonstrated incompetence. Nonetheless, it is evident that 1 hectare of land in Kyiv city center with a market price of $25 million was acquired by Mr. Poroshenko and his accomplice Mr. Kononenko for free”.

The parliamentarian is confident that the Ukrainian judicial system is still not independent now and the authorities are not interested in providing reforms in this field. Also he expresses an opinion that both the prosecutor and court have proven that the President is above the law now and cannot be prosecuted for outright robbery of the Ukrainian people.

MP Kuprii makes pessimistic conclusion: “Poroshenko is using the Ukrainian judicial system in his own interest to avoid criminal conviction.”