A Censor.NET correspondent reports from the courtroom.
As reported, Solomianskyi court Judge Ada Pedenko did not uphold the challenge.
She said there were no grounds for challenging the judge.
The court may choose either to continue the meeting or postpone it for tomorrow in connection with the end of the working day.
Similar decision was taken regarding another defendant in the case Serhii Pereloma.
Earlier, Martynenko's lawyers declared a challenge of Judge Oleksandr Bobrovnyk.
As reported, ex-MP Mykola Martynenko was apprehended by National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) agents on the evening of April 20.
Later, another person involved in the case was detained.
People's Front called the case politically motivated and said that NABU had trumped up charges.
The NABU is investigating the acceptance by representatives of the Ukrainian government of 30 million francs in bribe in 2009-2015 for ensuring the purchase of equipment by Ukraine's state-owned energy producer Enerhoatom from the Czech company Skoda JS. In December 2015, Martynenko, one of the then leaders of the People's Front faction, quit the parliament following the launch of a probe against him. Even earlier, Martynenko headed the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.
Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Kholodnytskyi said that between 2013 and 2016 a criminal organization consisting of the executives of Skhidnyi (Eastern) Mineral Processing Plant SE, the leadership of STEUERMANN Investitions und Handelsgesellschaft mbH, and a group of persons who were in control of the said enterprises, including Mykola Martynenko, embezzled funds of the plant in the amount of $17.28 million through improper conclusion and subsequent execution of a contract for the purchase and sale of uranium concentrate.
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