Odesa Mayor Trukhanov charged with embezzlement allowed to travel abroad, - lawyer

Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv lifted the ban on leaving the country imposed against Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov as part of pre-trial restriction.

As reported by Censor.NET, his lawyer Oleksandr Lysak told Ukrainski Novyny.

According to the legal counsel, the ruling was made on June 8.

Lysak also said that the court refused to extend all the pre-trial restrictions imposed on Trukhanov except for the obligation not to communicate with other suspects in the case.

The information was confirmed by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office.

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 was 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/n3071118