SAP requests court to suspend Trukhanov from mayor’s post

Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov charged with misappropriation of public funds had his travel passport impounded under the court ruling.

"He handed over his passport back on Feb. 15," Trukhanov’s lawyer Oleksandr Lysak told Ukrainski NovynyCensor.NET reports.

According to him, the mayor intends to strictly comply with the court ruling and is not going to leave Ukraine.

Deputy Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP), Volodymyr Kryvenko, said that the petition had been filed with the court to suspend Trukhanov from the mayor’s post.

No specific date for consideration of the petition has been announced so far.

On Feb. 13, 2018, detectives of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) served charge papers to Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov and three officials of the mayor's office in absentia.

The investigators believe all the aforementioned persons were involved in embezzlement scheme. In September 2016, the Odesa City Council purchased a building, which used to be a part of asset package of the state-owned Kraian plant, for 185 million hryvnia from a private firm which purchased the entire asset package for 11.5 million hryvnia at an auction organized by the receiver of the state enterprise in early 2016.

Trukhanov and Vuhelman were reportedly detained at Boryspil airport on Feb. 14.

The prosecutors requested the court to place Trukhanov in pre-trial custody with an option to post 50 million hryvnia (about $1,845,000) in bail.

On Feb. 15, Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv cut Trukhanov loose as Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction MP Dmytro Holubov stood surety for him. A total of 36 persons were brought to the police precinct and three of them were arrested after a police officer was shot and injured in a clash outside the court.

Trukhanov was barred from leaving Odesa, prohibited to speak with a number of the city council officials and half of the Odesa City Council members, who attended the hearing as witnesses. Holubov was obliged to bring Trukhanov to court on short notice.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3051209