Prosecutors failed to remove State Audit Service Chief Havrylova from office

Lidia Havrylova, the head of the State Audit Service of Ukraine charged with illicit enrichment, will continue occupying her post during the pre-trial investigation.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Channel 5, the prosecutors failed to convince the judges of the Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv to remove the official from office pending trial.

The prosecutors argued that Havrylova’s senior position could help her exert pressure on the investigators preventing them from collecting evidence of the official’s alleged illicit enrichment. The members of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) even cited wiretapped conversations allegedly proving their theory.

They said that Havrylova allegedly agreed certain appointments to the State Audit Service with a lawmaker whose identity was not disclosed in the court. However, the prosecutors promised to dwell on this fact when the court would be considering the merits of the case.

The court found that the prosecutors’ arguments were not substantial and refused to remove Havrylova from the post.

The lawyers of the official were satisfied with the court ruling. However, they believe it to be not final.

SAP prosecutors confirmed they were going to appeal against the decision.

"We are talking about pressure being put by the NABU detectives on me as the chief of the financial supervisory authority which members carry out screenings under criminal proceedings initiated by the NABU. It has everything to do with the cases when NABU detectives need to interpret certain findings of their screenings in their favor. If the evidence is insufficient or the detectives are underqualified, this, unfortunately, leads to the situations when they simply exert pressure," Havrylova said.

On Jan. 23, Havrylova was indicted on charges of illicit enrichment and entering false information on the income-tax return.

"The investigators found that in 2015-2017, the official acquired assets through means which legitimacy has not been proven and which value significantly exceeded her legal income. We are talking about the Kyiv-based real estate assets (an apartment, two parking lots), an SUV (produced in 2016), expensive furniture, domestic appliances, ingot gold, $112,800 and 8,500 euros in cash that were found and seized by the detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) after they searched the official’s apartment," the NABU said.

The NABU detectives are also convinced that the official has knowingly entered false information into her annual e-declaration of income (more than 2.86 million hryvnia in 2015 and over 4.67 million hryvnia in 2016).

An expensive SUV and two parking lots owned by Havrylova’s ex-husband were also missing in her tax return. The mentioned property should have been declared under the law on the prevention of corruption since their family relationship has not actually been terminated despite the actual divorce.

Commenting on illegal enrichment charges filed against her, Havrylova said: "Every Ukrainian owns ingot gold."

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3047343