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 Court to apply restraint measure on Lavrynovych as PGO urges custody with 8.6 million bail

The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv commenced seeing into a motion on choosing a restraint measure for the ex-Minister of Justice Oleksandr Lavrynovych. The General Prosecutor's Office asks Kyiv court to take the ex-official into custody.

A bail of 8.6 million hryvnias (about $370,000) might be introduced, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

This is stated in a motion read by prosecutor in court.

He noted that Lavrynovych, as Minister of Justice, together with his deputy Andrii Sedov concluded contracts for 94,000 hryvnias and $1 million (8.5 million hryvnias as of 2013) with a law firm for preparation of a legal opinion.

This legal opinion was to be used in the European Court of Human Rights in a case over illegal arrest of the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Read more: PGO asks court's sanction to arrest former justice minister Lavrynovych

However, ECHR had already ruled a judgment in the case and there was no need for such a legal opinion. Thus, according to the prosecutor, an crime was committed - a waste of public funds.

The PGO says that, given the grave character of the alleged crime and punishment (7 to 12 years in prison), Lavrynovych may hide from the investigation or destroy evidence. In this regard, the PGO asks court to arrest the suspect with the right of bail of at least 8 614,119 hryvnias 17 kopecks.

 
 
 
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