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 Nasirov intends to appeal his pre-trial restriction in ECHR

Suspended Head of the State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov intends to appeal against restrictive measure imposed on him by Ukrainian court in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainska Pravda, he told journalists at the Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv.

According to him, he is going to seek legal redress in the ECHR for any pre-trial restriction imposed on him as he considers unacceptable the way the trial is being held.

Read more: SAP to appeal bail amount in Nasirov's arrest and demand 2 billion, - Kholodnytskyi

Nasirov also said he would be unable to post 2 billion hryvnia (over $74 million) in bail if imposed on him by court order since he was not in possession of the amount that large. Moreover, the official said he would not allow his friends to chip in and bail him out.

"We are going to play defense..., file an appeal," he said.

Read more: Court arrests Nasirov until April 30

March 2, NABU and SAP agents arrived at Feofania hospital to serve an indictment for criminal offence against Ukraine's chief taxman Roman Nasirov. The doctors barred the investigators and prosecutor from entering the ward saying Nasirov had allegedly suffered a heart attack. SAP head Nazar Kholodnytskyi said the decision to launch procedural activities into the case was made due to possible Nasirov's departure abroad and elimination of evidence. A video footage of Nasirov being served an indictment in Feofania hospital has been posted online.

SAP accuses Nasirov of taking unreasonable decisions on restructuring rental fees for the extraction of minerals, which helped Ukraine's fugitive MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko implement corruption schemes he is being charged with. This had lead to 2 bln hryvnia damage to the state ($74 million). Onyshchenko said the investigation would "prove nothing: there were no money in my relations with Nasirov."

Later, NABU said it was preparing a bail hearing inquiry regarding Nasirov. The detainee's lawyers say that Nasirov's health deteriorated and he underwent another surgery. SAP head Kholodnytskyi said he doubted Nasirov's diagnosis.

March 3, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine suspended Nasirov from office pending investigation. Myroslav Prodan was appointed acting head of the State Fiscal Service.

Nasirov said in an interview he had cooperated with the investigation since mid-2016.

Tax and customs service chief Roman Nasirov was first taken to the courtroom on March 4.

However, after he was examined by a doctor, the judge ruled to postpone the meeting to choose a preventive measure against Nasirov until the next day. On March 5, after the judge refused to adjourn the session again, the defense demanded his recusal, and the hearing halted.

Meanwhile, Automaidan activists gathered outside the courthouse to stay overnight and prevent Nasirov's possible escape. In the morning, more activists began to arrive at the court building.

After the session started, the court denied the disqualification of the judge and rejected a forensic examination of Nasirov's state.
 
 
 
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