Chief of the Special Investigations Directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) Serhii Horbatiuk told Censor.NET.
Horbatiuk explained that the court had actually returned to state the land plot on which Mezhyhiria residency was constructed - the court ruled that the land plot was transferred illegally. The court also found illegal the sale of Mezhyhiria residency back in 2007. However, these rulings do not cover movable and immovable property since most of Mezhyhiria's buildings were constructed after Yanukovych and Tantalit took over the land.
The members of PGO's Special Investigations Directorate check the source of funds spent for construction of these new buildings. A separate criminal case was initiated into this matter.
"The investigation believes the funds for the residency construction could have been embezzled or received by Yanukovych in bribe. The buildings and all the movable property were attached under this probe. However, these buildings and assets formally belong to ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and Tantalit," Horbatiuk said.
"The PGO directorate must complete investigating the source of funds spent for Mezhyhiria construction. After that the case will be referred to the court and the judges will be able to pass a verdict. And the judges are the only ones authorized to transfer ownership of these buildings to the state in the event of conviction," the prosecutor said.
As reported, ex-Head of the State Management of Affairs Tarasiuk was indicted on charges of seizing the state-owned Mezhyhiria residence in favor of fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on March 3, 2017. During a search at his place, law enforcers seized documents, 1 million euro, gold and other valuables.