12:13 07.11.2017

SAPO insists on arresting 'backpack case' suspects

SAPO insists on arresting 'backpack case' suspects

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) has filed appeals against the decisions of the Solomiansky District Court of Kyiv in the "backpack case," according to which all three defendants were released on personal recognizance.

"On November 6, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office filed appeals at Kyiv Court of Appeal against the decisions of investigating judges of the Solomiansky District Court of Kyiv on November 1 this year in criminal proceedings in the so-called 'backpacks case', under which a measure of restraint was chosen for suspects in the case in the form of personal recognizance," the SAPO said on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

The SAPO considers this measure of restraint to be too mild and not corresponding to the gravity of the criminal offense, as well as the risks established during the pre-trial investigation.

"Prosecutors will insist on choosing a preventive measure in the form of detention for three suspects," the report says.

As reported, two individuals detained on October 31 as part of the investigation into the so-called 'backpack case' were notified on the same day of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 5, Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (appropriation, embezzlement or taking possession of property through abuse of power). These two are former Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Chebotar and Oleksandr Avakov, the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Later NABU detectives notified the third detainee of suspicion in committing a crime during the purchase of backpacks for the Interior Ministry in late 2014 and early 2015. Bloc of Petro Poroshenko MP Serhiy Leshchenko said earlier, referring to his own sources, that NABU detectives had detained in Kharkiv head of IT firm Turboseo Volodymyr Lytvyn, who also runs a company that had to produce a batch of backpacks for the Interior Ministry.

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