No arrested accounts of Arbuzov in Latvia – Arbuzov's lawyers
KYIV. Dec 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Lawyers of former first deputy prime minister Serhiy Arbuzov have said that there are no arrested accounts of their client in Latvia, and the information spread by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine is untrue.
The lawyers published the responses of Latvia to their request if there are accounts of Arbuzov and if they are arrested in Latvia at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.
"Arbuzov's lawyers sent official requests to the Latvian authorities and banks. Now we have the documents confirming that the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine misled Ukrainian society," lawyer Serhiy Kovalev said.
The document from the Latvian panel of law enforcement officials, a copy of which was shown by the lawyers, states that after checking the information the Latvian panel of law enforcement officials did not acknowledge that the panel has cases where Arbuzov was in the status of collector or debtor.
The lawyers showed another response from the information center of the Interior Ministry of Latvia, and the center also does not have information on criminal cases with the attraction of Arbuzov.
Responses from Latvian banks also contained information that Arbuzov did have accounts at the banks.
The lawyer said that a statement of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine on the alleged arrest of $49.5 million on the accounts of Arbuzov by Latvian law enforcers is untrue.
Kovalev also claimed that information from the Prosecutor General's Office that it filed a claim on putting Arbuzov to the wanted list in Ukraine is untrue.
"Courts in Ukraine are not involved in the list of wanted persons, Interpol runs it. This is lie," he said.
He also denied information of the Prosecutor General's Office that Arbuzov is accused of embezzlement of public funds.
"I state that our client is not suspected of this anymore," he said.