The Standing Committee of the Verkhovna Rada considered the resubmission of the Prosecutor General’s Office for the lifting of parliamentary immunity from the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC parliamentary faction Oleksandr Vilkul. During the meeting, it turned out that the Prosecutor General’s Office had built an accusation on the laws that 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.
“It became clear even for initially negatively against me-minded members of the committee from other political parties, 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.
“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 on the part of the security forces that my lawyer pointed out,” Oleksandr Vilkul emphasized.
Recall that Oleksandr Vilkul’s defender became a former lawyer of Yuriy Lutsenko, former deputy prosecutor general Oleksiy Baganets.
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.
Oleksandr Vilkul noted that by its actions, the Prosecutor General’s Office is now trying to transfer this land to a private firm with a registered capital of UAH 2,000 and several million dollars of debts. At the same time, the company is also in a state of bankruptcy. “Accordingly, this may indicate that the security forces decided not only to fulfill the political order of the authorities. This may be the mercenary interest of the performers,” the lawyer Oleg Babich said.
It also turned out that the testimony of “witnesses” referred to by the Prosecutor General’s Office was given under pressure.
The former head of the Dnipropetrovsk district state administration, 70-year-old Vadym Kobylyatskyi, made an official statement about testifying against Vilkul after the Prosecutor General’s Office, without a court decision, imprisoned him in December 2017 in a cold cell. The condition of release proposed by the investigator was Kobylyatsky’s writing of false accusations against Vilkul in order “to make Vilkul vote in the Rada the way it is supposed to.” In particular, Kobylyatskyi was forced to testify that he was allegedly “called by some people from the regional state administration and demanded to fill the paperwork”. The second witness had a similar wording “about voices and calls from the regional state administration”.
“At the same time, the case against Kobylyatskyi was closed in court for the same episode,” the lawyer said. In this regard, the previously “confiscated” testimonies out of it automatically became inadmissible, Baganets noted.