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 Raids in Odesa held legally and without political connotation, prosecutor general says

The investigative activities in the Odesa Regional State Administration were held lawfully and without political overtone.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the Prosecutor General's Office issued on Thursday evening following the report delivered to the prosecutor general by the investigative units' heads concerning the grounds of inquiry, its lawfulness, and the preliminary results of searches in criminal proceedings initiated into illegal VAT refund by officials of the Consulate General of Georgia in Ukraine in 2012-2013.

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"The prosecutor general informed that the investigative activities were carried out at the request of lawmakers to check practices of several charity funds including 'For the benefit of Odesa' Foundation," the statement reads.

It is also noted that this case is investigated by the Security Service of Ukraine while the Prosecutor General's Office oversees observance of the lawfulness of pre-trial investigation.

According to the report, the abovementioned fund attracted attention of law enforcers as ex-Consul General of Georgia in Ukraine Teimuraz Nishnianidze received a VAT refund in the amount of about 20 million hryvnia (about $2.5 million under the then exchange rate).

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It is reported that the information obtained during the raids will be used by investigators of the Security Service and the PGO within the abovementioned case as well as in cases that will be filed into wrongful acts recently committed by the officials.

"The prosecutor general also noted that no illegal actions were committed by law enforcement and supervisory authorities in the course of the investigation. The searches were carried out in accordance with the law," the statement reads.

"The investigators had no questions to Odesa Regional State Administration Head Mikheil Saakashvili. The said investigative activities in Odesa had no political connotation," the agency stressed.

Lutsenko also said that activities of a number of Ukraine's charity funds would be checked in the near future.

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