Ukrainian Politics

 Lutsenko: "We plan to additionally expropriate 3B hryvnia under special confiscation act in first half of this year"

Delivering report on the progress of seizure of Yanukovych's funds at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada’ National Security and Defense Committee, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko said that the law enforcement agencies intend to expropriate additional 3 billion hryvnia (over $104 million) in the first part of 2018.

"We plan to additionally expropriate 3 billion hryvnia under the special confiscation act in the first half of this year. I will not disclose how, where, and when [it shall be done] for legal reasons," Lutsenko said, Censor.NET reports.

"Yesterday, I requested the prime minister to take under personal control the actions of the Bailiffs Service which should carry out this special confiscation," he stressed.

He also noted that this would not be the last instance of the special confiscation. The prosecutor general also stressed the need to adopt a separate law on special confiscation. "This law would finally close the door to speculations of Yanukovych's defenders, so I call on the people's deputies to adopt this law," Lutsenko said.

On Jan. 10, 2018, Al Jazeera news agency made public  the secret 95-page ruling of the Ukrainian court that exposed exactly how former President Viktor Yanukovich stole nearly $1.5bn from the country. It has also revealed that President Petro Poroshenko's former financial advisers played a role in the fraud, embarrassing the government.

The court order exposed in graphic detail the intricate company network used to steal the money, naming Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU) as brokering bond purchases made by Cypriot companies worth nearly $1.5bn between November and December 2013, just as Ukraine's EuroMaidan uprising was beginning.

ICU has close links with the current government, having advised Poroshenko on the sale of his confectionary company, Roshen.

During the time of the Yanukovich fraud, the finance firm was led by Ukraine's Central Bank governor, Valeria Hontareva, a close ally of Poroshenko.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3044959