11:22 26.07.2011

Volha should not have been dismissed before proven guilty, says his party

Head of the State Commission for Financial Service Markets Regulation Vasyl Volha should not have been dismissed before his guilt of bribe taking was established, the law department of the Union of Left Forces has said.

"Given that Volha's fault has not been established in a lawful manner and hasn't been pronounced by a court the fact of his dismissal and the reason indicated in the presidential decree have caused sincere surprise... It would be quite reasonable and fair to suspend Volha from his post for the time of the investigation to prevent the violations of rights and legitimate interests," the party led by Volha said in a statement on Monday.

As reported, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych dismissed Volha from the post of the head of the state commission for financial service markets regulation on July 25.

The official was dismissed due to the violation of his oath as a civil servant.

As reported, Volha was detained on July 21 on suspicion of receiving a bribe in the amount of $500,000.

Acting Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin told a briefing that a criminal case of large-scale bribery had been launched against Volha. He said that Volha was detained and placed in a pre-trial detention facility.

A district court ruled to keep Volha in custody for two months.

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