Deputy FM Bozhok suspended at own request pending Poroshenko probe.

The relevant government order was issued on June 19.

Photo from UNIAN

Photo from UNIAN

The Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine's government, has suspended from office Deputy Foreign Minister Yehor Bozhok.

The relevant government order was issued on June 19 following Bozhok's own request.

Bozhok's name has been mentioned in a criminal proceeding targeting former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on "abuse of office" charges regarding the allegedly illegal appointment of deputy chief of foreign intelligence service Serhiy Semochko.

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Poroshenko is being accused of allegedly inciting the foreign intelligence chief to appoint the said official. Yehor Bozhok served as Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine at the time.

Semochko was a target of journalistic investigations into enrichment sources and his family's alleged ties with Russia.

"The government granted my request for suspension. Now there is not a single reason for further insinuations about any 'obstacles' to the investigation. I am convinced that there is no crime as such. However, it is difficult to believe in impartiality of the investigation. There remains hope for a fair trial," said Bozhok.

Earlier, the court declined to select any measure of restraint targeting Bozhok in the criminal proceeding where one was introduced against Poroshenko (personal recognizance), claiming there is no corpus delicti in Bozhok's actions.

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