Lavrynovych adjudged 1.2 million bail

The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv applied a restraint measure to the ex-Minister of Justice Oleksandr Lavrynovych in the form of bail of 1.2 hryvnias ($52,100).

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, a corresponding judgement was ruled at a court meeting on Thursday evening by the investigating judge Oleh Belotserkovets. The court sees no reasons to arrest Lavrynovych. During the trial, prosecutors asked to arrest the suspect with the right of bail of at least 8.6 million hryvnias. After the meeting, Lavrynovych told reporters of his intentions to appeal the decision. He noted that, if necessary, his son Maxym Lavrynovych could post the required sum.

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Earlier, the First Deputy Prosecutor General Yurii Sevruk said the PGO would do its best for Lavrynovych not to evade the investigation by leaving the country with custody and release on bail "to be considered by a particular investigator." "Releasing on bail, court imposes an obligation, takes away passport and monitors his behavior," Sevruk said, noting availability of tools to avoid such an outcome, though only a few.

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According to the PGO, Lavrynovych is accused of misappropriating over 8.5 million hryvnias through the abuse of office, which was "spent unlawfully and groundlessly on engaging a foreign firm in order to conceal the facts of criminal legislation violations by law enforcement authorities and courts while carrying out inquiry and court proceedings of the Tymoshenko case."

July 13, 2015, the PGO announced it had notified Lavrynovych of a suspicion of committing a crime under Article 191, Part 5 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code (embezzlement of property via abuse of office on a large scale or by a group).

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In his turn, Lavrynovych said he received no suspicion of a crime, though knew there was a politically motivated intention to serve him with a suspicion of performing obligations lawfully imposed on him under different political regime considered inappropriate today.

He noted it was about involving an adviser to deal with a complaint of the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko considered in the European Court of Human Rights. Moreover, the involvement procedure, the amount of contract or tariff policy raise no questions.

Lavrynovych also says he acted only within his legal powers to protect the interests of state, but the prosecutor's office is now charging him with "protection of the criminal power." "I am well aware of the case, as I have been questioned as a witness for more than a year," the ex-minister explained.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n345913