The Kyiv Court of Appeal rejected the appeal against the choice of a measure of restraint for businessman Ihor Kolomoisky in the form of detention with the possibility of bail in the amount of almost UAH 510 million in the case of legalization of more than half a billion hryvnias of PrivatBank.
The corresponding decision was announced by the chairman of the panel of judges Viktor Hlynyanyi, Ukrinform reports.
"The petition of the defenders to leave unsatisfied, the decision of the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of the capital on the choice of a measure of restraint in the form of detention with the possibility of bail in the amount of 509 million 900 thousand rubles. leave UAH unchanged. To refuse the petitions for bail," Judge Hlynyanyi announced.
Arguments of the defense
During the court hearing, the defense insisted that law enforcement officers did not provide sufficient and proper evidence of Kolomoisky's involvement in the fraud. The lawyers also argued that in the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers repeatedly changed the legal qualification of the crime, and the investigating judge of the Shevchenkivskyi Court, when choosing a measure of restraint for him, did not have sufficient information about the criminal case incriminated to the businessman.
In addition, the lawyers asked to release Kolomoisky from custody due to his unsatisfactory state of health. In particular, the lawyer voiced in court such diagnoses of Kolomoisky as diabetes mellitus, cholecystitis, cirrhosis of the liver and pancreatitis.
"The question is purely accounting..."
In turn, Kolomoisky, during his speech in court, assured that he was not going to hide from the investigation. "I am in such a state that I am not going to go anywhere and hide," he said.
Speaking about the charges against him, Kolomoisky said that this is "a purely accounting, expert issue."
Who wants to bail Kolomoisky
The petition to bail the businessman was made in court by the chief rabbi of the Dnipropetrovsk region Shmuel Kaminetsky. Also, petitions to take Kolomoisky on bail were made by journalists of "1 + 1" Alla Mazur, Natalia Moseychuk, Igor Tsyganik and presenter Yuriy Gorbunov. They assured the court that they had known Kolomoisky for many years and were ready to guarantee that he would not leave the country.
Also, the argument in the petitions to take Kolomoisky on bail was that after the Revolution of Dignity, the businessman, as the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, protected the region from separatists.
What is known about the Kolomoisky case
In early September, law enforcement officers notified Kolomoisky of suspicion under two articles of the Criminal Code – fraud (Article 190) and legalization of property obtained by criminal means (Article 209). Subsequently, the court chose a measure of restraint for the businessman in the form of detention. Kolomoisky himself does not agree with the accusations against him.
When Kolomoisky was taken to the pre-trial detention center, his lawyers said that the businessman would not post bail, because he considered the preventive protection chosen for him "unreasonable and wants to wait for the decision of the appeal."
Subsequently, the businessman was additionally charged with committing a crime under three articles: illegal actions with transfer documents, payment cards and other means of access to bank accounts, electronic money, equipment for their production; misappropriation of someone else's property by abuse of office by an official, committed by an organized group on an especially large scale; legalization of proceeds of crime.