Ukrainian court releases interior minister's son

Ukrainian court releases interior minister's son
The son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has been released from detention but is under surveillance
By bne IntelliNews November 2, 2017

Oleksandr Avakov, son of the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov who was detained on suspicion of embezzlement, has been released from detention by a court in Kyiv. However it put him under electronic tagging surveillance, the Ukrainska Pravda portal reported on November 1.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), the country's main antigraft body, detained Avakov and two other people on suspicion of embezzling more than UAH14mn ($520,500) on October 31. They were allegedly involved in procuring backpacks at the expense of the ministry to the National Guard at a price much higher than the average market price. The court's ruling could be challenged by Avakov and his lawyear within the next five days.

The NABU has become increasingly active over the past year. The most prominent official the agency accused of corruption was Mykola Martynenko, an ex-MP and close associate of former prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was briefly detained by law enforcers for suspected embezzlement.

In October, the NABU and the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) said they were investigating possible involvement of senior officials of the country's Defence Ministry into alleged embezzling over UAH149mn ($5.6mn) in state funds during the purchase of fuel for the ministry.

Earlier, NABU detained the head of Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service, Roman Nasirov, who allegedly provided restructuring of rent payments for gas production companies associated with fugitive Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksandr Onyshchenko. Nasirov is accused of giving an order that cost the state budget UAH2bn. 

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