Yuriy Lutsenko: Searches in the Odessa regional state administration was carried out legally, there are no politics here

Юрий Луценко: Обыски в Одесской ОГА проводились законно, никакой политики здесь нет

Today’s searches in the building of the Odessa regional state administration (RSA) was carried out on legal grounds, the political component in this case is excluded. This was stated by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, the press service of the GPU.

It is reported that Lutsenko heard the report of the heads of investigative units on the basis of the investigation, respect for the law when they are carrying out and the preliminary results of searches in the framework of criminal proceedings on the fact of illegal operations on the reimbursement of value added tax (VAT) officials of the Consulate General of Georgia in Ukraine in 2012-2013. It is noted that this case is in production of the SBU and the PGO carries out supervision over the observance of legality in the conduct of investigative actions.

According to Lutsenko, this investigative action was carried out on requests of people’s deputies on the activities of a number of charitable funds, particularly the Fund For the benefit of Odessa”. The aforementioned Fund has become the focus of attention of law enforcement due to the fact that the ex-Consul General of Georgia in Ukraine Taimuraz Nishnianidze received a VAT refund in the amount of about UAH 20 million.

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As noted in the Prosecutor’s office during the searches were seized enough information which will be used by investigators of SBU and GPU under the above-mentioned cases and also in cases of illegal actions of officials at the present time.

“Also, the attorney General noted that when carrying out investigative actions by law enforcement and Supervisory authorities of the illicit actions were carried out. Searches were conducted lawfully. To the very head of the Odessa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili questions of the investigators had. The above-mentioned investigative actions in Odessa had no political component”, – stated in the message.

In addition, Lutsenko said that inspections of the activities of a number of charitable foundations in Ukraine will be held in the near future.

Earlier it became known that the building of the Odessa regional state administration, PGO and the SBU carried out a search. Local media, citing its own sources reported that the demonstrations in the office and the house assistant and adviser to the Governor of the Odessa region, the former General Consul of Georgia Teymuraz Nishnianidze, and also the place of registration of the Fund For the benefit of Odessa” (the business center on Uspenskaya street).

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Saakashvili himself has called the raids a “political provocation” and said that he already discussed with the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko and demanded immediate recall of investigators.

Later, the PGO said that the searches in the Odessa regional state administration are carried out in the framework of criminal proceedings on the fact of illegal operations on VAT refunds by the officials of the Consulate General of Georgia in 2012-2013.

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