Prosecutor General's Office closes criminal proceedings against Vlasenko
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) closed criminal proceedings against MP Serhiy Vlasenko due to the absence of a crime in his actions, the PGO's press service reported on Friday.
The proceedings were investigated by the main investigation department regarding the non-fulfillment of a court judgment under Part 1, Article 382 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, unlawful deprivation of freedom of the deputy's ex-wife, Natalia Okunska, and Part 2, Article 146, Part 2, Article 15 of the Criminal Code due to the absence of a crime (unlawful deprivation of freedom or abduction).
It was reported earlier that the main investigation department of the Prosecutor General's Office had filed information on Vlasenko's unlawful actions in relation to his former wife Okunska in the unified register of pretrial investigations. Vlasenko's actions have been qualified as illegal deprivation of freedom or abduction (Ukrainian Criminal Code Article 146, Part 2).
Vlasenko won a seat in the Ukrainian parliament on the Batkivschyna list in the October 2012 elections. On March 6, 2013, the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine (HACU) stripped Vlasenko of his parliamentary powers complying with a lawsuit filed by Verkhovna Rada speaker Volodymyr Rybak. The speaker said in the lawsuit that Vlasenko was combining his parliamentary powers with legal practice.
On March 12, Vlasenko submitted an application to the Supreme Court of Ukraine asking it to reverse the ruling of the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine (HACU) to deprive him of his parliamentary powers.
On March 4, the Verkhovna Rada returned a deputy mandate to Vlasenko, and Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said that "according to a Higher Administrative Court ruling of February 28, 2014, Vlasenko is a people's deputy."
Vlasenko was earlier a defense counsel for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.