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Preventive measure for Kolomoyskyy, defence to not post bail

Lawyers will appeal. 

Preventive measure for Kolomoyskyy, defence to not post bail

The Shevchenkivskyy District Court of Kyiv has imposed a pre-trial restraint on oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyy, Suspilne reports. The hearing was held in a closed session, as Kolomoyskyy demanded.

First, the court imposed a two-month detention with the possibility of bail in amount of 500mn hryvnas. In addition, the businessman must hand over all documents and not communicate with witnesses.

The oligarch's lawyers can appeal this court decision within five days.

According to Ukrinform, the defence said Kolomoyskyy would not post bail and would appeal.

Later, Kolomoyskyy’s lawyer Oleksandr Lysak, stated that defence will not post bail, and is filing an appeal, Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reports.

According to the lawyers, the court did not even establish an account to which funds should be transferred if a decision is made to grant bail. The judge also did not have the authority to determine the place of detention.

"The article charged is 209. It is not even included in the register of pre-trial investigations. Or it was only entered on the indictment. My colleague asked about any documents regarding the so-called legalisation, but there are no documents. So we say: let's see the court decision, because we are interested in the legality of court decisions," Lysak said.

Currently, Ihor Kolomoyskyy has been taken to the pre-trial detention center on Askoldovy Lane.

On the morning of 2 September, the businessman was suspected of legalising his fraudulently obtained property.

Later, the Security Service of Ukraine reported that between 2013 and 2020, Ihor Kolomoyskyy legalised more than half a billion hryvnias by transferring them abroad, through controlled banking institutions.

Last September, NABU detectives conducted searches of the businessman's home in connection with the seizure of Ukrnafta's property and funds worth almost 13bn hryvnas [in 2015 prices]. In addition, information about the oligarch's deprivation of Ukrainian citizenship has been made public. This has not yet been officially confirmed. 

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