KIEV, December 20. / TASS /. Ukraine’s fifth president, European Solidarity faction lawmaker Pyotr Poroshenko, was summoned for questioning in a case of assisting a treason and terrorism group on December 23 over his potential involvement in the expeditions of coal from the self-proclaimed Donbass republics, said Ilya Novikov, Poroshenko’s lawyer.
“Two hours ago, a prosecution delegation visited Poroshenko’s residence, asked security if the fifth president was at home (he is currently in Warsaw attending a conference, but it is unlikely that ‘they did not know), then pushed a letter signed with suspicion’ on the case of the coal shipment of [Donetsk People’s Republic] and a subpoena for December 23, “Novikov said on Facebook.
The National Investigation Bureau of Ukraine also stated that “the fifth president of Ukraine is suspected of aiding [Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics] terrorist groups while acting in a plot, including with senior Russian officials.
Commenting on Poroshenko’s case, former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexander Turchinov noted that “the situation was extremely difficult at the time. [2014-2015], there was a military escalation, and the authorities were successful in providing energy security under these circumstances. “
Turchinov noted that Poroshenko’s indictment was not signed by Attorney General Irina Venediktova, who is currently in the United States, but by her deputy Alexey Simonenko.
The National Bureau of Investigation has planned to summon Poroshenko on Monday. However, investigators did not issue Poroshenko with a subpoena. The former president ignored investigators, got into his car and drove away. Poroshenko left Ukraine that evening. His party, European Solidarity, said its leader had left “on a previously planned trip to Turkey and Poland”. According to the party, Poroshenko is supposed to meet Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in Turkey and attend the Russia-Ukraine-NATO international conference in Poland.
Coal shipping crate
The Poroshenko case concerns the allegedly illegal shipments of coal from the self-proclaimed Donbass republics to Kiev in late 2014 – early 2015. According to Attorney General Irina Venediktova, Ukrainian state-owned enterprises spent around $ 7.6 million on coal from the republics . Poroshenko became the fourth suspect in this case, engaged for treason and supporting terrorism. The case also concerns opposition politician Viktor Medvedchuk, former Energy Minister Vladimir Demchishin and businessman Sergey Kuzyara.