KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian authorities on Monday notified the nation’s former president that he’s suspected of excessive treason and “aiding terrorist organizations” in Ukraine’s eastern separatist areas.
A declaration by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of Ukraine stated the former President Petro Poroshenko is suspected of facilitating the tasks of the self proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s republics – the 2 pro Russia separatist governments in the eastern rebel region – with the government buy coal of his out of the separatist areas within 2014 2015.
Poroshenko, fifty six, served as Ukraine’s 5th president from 2014 to 2019 before losing in an election on the present president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Poroshenko faces approximately fifteen years in prison with confiscation of property if found guilty.
The suspicions about the former president’s participation in the situation were dismissed by the European Solidarity gathering, which is headed by Poroshenko.
“The activities of police agencies have absolutely nothing to do with law, this’s a political order of Zelenskyy, who’s maniacally preoccupied with the thought of reprisals against his primary opponent,” the gathering said in a statement.
Based on the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Irina Venediktova, the total amount spent by Ukrainian state owned businesses for the investment of coal is much more than 200 million hryvnia (approximately $7.6 million).
Poroshenko evolved into the fourth suspect in the coal scandal. Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the pro Russian party Opposition Platform – For Life, is accused of allegedly acting as an intermediary in the purchases and is under house arrest for 6 weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the godfather to Medvedchuk’s youngest child.
Ukraine experienced an acute shortage of materials after separatists backed by the Russian federation seized the territory on which the country’s primary coal mines have been placed. The authorities accused Medvedchuk of conspiring with officials underneath the Poroshenko administration to buy coal from mines in separatist controlled areas in 2014-2015 as a means to fund the separatists. The Russian federation has denied definitively supporting the separatists.
Ukraine’s ex minister of electricity, Vladimir Demchishin, and businessman Sergei Kuzyara can also be active in the situation.
Poroshenko is traveling to Turkey. The investigators attempted to hand him a summons on the eve of the departure but had been not able to do it. The lawyer of his, Ilya Novikov, declared Poroshenko would be summoned for questioning on Dec. twenty three.
It’s not clear when Poroshenko is going to return to Ukraine.