The witness stated that he agreed to the conditions of the security forces and signed the false accusations prepared by the prosecutor against the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC parliamentary faction Oleksandr Vilkul after he was imprisoned without trial in December in an unheated cell.
In order to falsify the charges against Oleksandr Vilkul, the security forces obtained testimony from witnesses who wrote them under the dictation of the prosecutor,” the former head of the Dnipropetrovsk district administration 70-year-old Vadym Kobylyatskyi said.
This became known during the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, which was considering the resubmission of the Prosecutor General’s Office for lifting parliamentary immunity from Oleksandr Vilkul.
“After the “witness ”Kobylatsky under pressure signed the testimony dictated by the investigator, he was released. On illegal actions against him, Kobylyatsky gave a written testimony to lawyers and made a video message. He once again confirmed that Vilkul had not given him any unlawful instructions. The formulation about “some voices on the phone from the reception of Vilkul” was imposed by the investigator. The case against the witness was closed by the court in May 2018,” the lawyer Oleg Babich noted.
During the meeting, it also became clear that the Prosecutor General’s Office had built the accusation on the laws that had become invalid in 2001 – 10 years before the period during which the security forces “checked” Oleksandr Vilkul’s activities as governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
“Prosecutors, for the creation of at least some accusation, were forced to use laws that did not exist in 2011. For example, the Land Code, they refer to, became invalid as early as 2001. And these are not the only falsifications in this matter,” Oleksandr Vilkul stressed.
The defense also provided materials showing the inconsistency of the charges of the Prosecutor General’s Office that Oleksandr Vilkul, being the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, in 2011 allegedly illegally took the land in the Pokrovsky district of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
The members of the Standing Committee received official documents on the state-owned land. This land is leased to Ordzhonikidze Mining and Processing Plant (OMPP).
Back in 1999, the Verkhovna Rada decided to transfer this land to the mining and industrial complex. A similar lease agreement was prepared in 2011 by the regional state administration. After the examinations and approvals, 12 signatures of relevant managers were put, and only then, in accordance with the law, Oleksandr Vilkul put his 13th signature. In 2016, the Ministry of Justice confirmed the correct use of the plant at this site and the lease agreement was extended.
“Even the initially, negatively opposed members of the committee from other political forces made it clear that the case was 100% falsified. There is neither a composition, no crime event. All these accusations are an attempt by the authorities through the hands of the Prosecutor General’s Office, as a tool, to eliminate a political opponent who does not want to come to an agreement and “dance to their tune” in the elections,” Oleksandr Vilkul stressed.