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 NABU requests pre-trial detention or 300M hryvnia bail for Martynenko, - lawyer

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) requests the court to place ex-MP Mykola Martynenko in pre-trial detention with the right to post 300 million hryvnia ($11,236,000) in bail.

"They want either pre-trial detention or 300 million hryvnia in bail," Martynenko's lawyer Petro Boiko told Censor.NET.

Boiko said he was not aware when Solomianskyi district court would hold a meeting to determine pre-trial restriction for Martynenko.

"The NABU will only file a petition to the court at 9 a.m., and it will schedule [the hearing -ed.]. However, we are confident that it will be heard by Judge Bobrovnyk," he said.

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"We left the National Anti-Corruption Bureau at 4 a.m. The NABU employees were still making copies of the petition for the court. The petition consists of four volumes with 169-200 pages in each," Boiko said.

The lawyer said that following the interrogation, Martynenko was taken to the temporary detention center in Kyiv's Podil district.

The NABU press service reported that Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv will determine pre-trial restriction for Martynenko April 21.

As reported, ex-MP Mykola Martynenko was apprehended by NABU agents on the evening of April 20.

Read more: NABU apprehends another suspect in case against former MP Martynenko

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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