Appellate Court leaves unchanged pre-trial restriction for Avakov’s son

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Kyiv’s Court of Appeals has left unchanged the pre-trial preventive measure chosen by Solomiansky district court in Kyiv for the figurant of the “backpack case” – Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov’s son, Oleksandr Avakov.

At a meeting on November 14, the Appellate Court refused to grant the complaint by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO), which asked to change a pre-trial preventive measure for Oleksandr Avakov in the form of custody with an option of a Hr 5 million bail, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

As reported, the Solomiansky District Court of Kyiv chose on November 1 personal recognizance as a preventive measure for Oleksandr Avakov as part of the ‘backpack case’.

As reported, two individuals detained on October 31 as part of the investigation into the so-called ‘backpack case’ were notified on the same day of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 5, Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (appropriation, embezzlement or taking possession of property through abuse of power). These two are former Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Chebotar and Oleksandr Avakov, the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Later NABU detectives notified the third detainee of suspicion in committing a crime during the purchase of backpacks for the Interior Ministry in late 2014 and early 2015. Bloc of Petro Poroshenko MP Serhiy Leshchenko said earlier, referring to his own sources, that NABU detectives had detained in Kharkiv head of IT firm Turboseo Volodymyr Lytvyn, who also runs a company that had to produce a batch of backpacks for the Interior Ministry.

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