PGO working with Europeans to prevent accounts belonging to ex-Ukrainian officials being unfrozen
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office is in talks with their European colleagues to prevent accounts belonging to former senior Ukrainian officials being unfrozen, Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema has said.
"My deputy... is holding talks about what conditions should be like to ensure that these funds that were frozen in accounts in the EU and other countries were not withdrawn," he said at a meeting of the parliamentary committee on legislative support for the activity of law enforcement agencies in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Yarema said that "not a single kopeck" would be withdrawn from the frozen accounts.
As reported, the Prosecutor General's Office opened over 30 criminal cases against former President Viktor Yanukovych and his team. All were declared as being under suspicion of committing criminal offenses and were declared as wanted.
In his article "The List of Justice" in the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia weekly (ZN.UA), Yarema noted that investigation of large-scale embezzlement of state funds was a priority.
At the same time, according to ZN.UA, "Ukraine risks losing the assets of Yanukovych's henchmen frozen by the West" as "the new government is being too unhurried in investigating their activities."
Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov said that funds frozen abroad in the accounts of former President Viktor Yanukovych and other senior officials of the previous government could not be returned to Ukraine due to the absence of court verdicts against them.