PGO closes criminal case against Astarta subsidiaries

Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has closed a criminal case against subsidiaries of Astarta agroholding, as no crime has been committed, the company said in a press service on Tuesday.

"All the previous accusations have been lifted. We are waiting that soon bank accounts of the company's enterprises will be unblocked by court," the company said.

According to the report, the case with Astarta should be the point of no return to the use of force by law enforcers against business without grounded decisions confirmed by courts.

As reported, Kyiv's Pechersky district court on August 30, 2017 under a petition of a prosecutor of the department for investigating important economic matters of the PGO Denys Kovin arrested accounts of Tsukoragroprom LLC, Khmelnytske LLC and Volochysk-Agro LLC, part of Astarta agricultural holding, opened in ING Bank Ukraine. The PGO filed the petition as part of the pretrial investigation into a criminal case opened on June 7, 2017 where the companies are suspected of tax evasion. Managers of Tsukoragroprom in 2016-2017 supplied 85,000 tonnes of liquid industrial ammonia for UAH 715 million to five enterprises of Astarta, including two above-mentioned enterprises.

In addition, Pechersky district court on August 30, 2017 permitted prosecutors and investigators from the investigation group of the PGO in the criminal case to have temporary access to things and documents of Volochysk-Agro LLC, Poltavazernoprodukt investment and industrial company LLC (Hlobyne, Poltava region), Dobrobut's farms (Kozelschyna, Poltava region) and Khmelnytske LLC.

On September 6, 2017, Astarta said that its head office was raided by the PGO.