Kyiv`s court releases former Member of Parliament Martynenko on bail of 15 MPs and four ministers

Kyiv`s Solomyansky district court has decided on pretrial restrictions for former Member of Parliament in Ukraine Mykola Martynenko, who is a suspect in a case relating to state-run Skhidny (Eastern) uranium ore mining and processing enterprise, and ruled to release him on bail of 15 MPs and four ministers.

The decision was announced by judge Oleksandr Bobrovnyk.

The court denied the motion of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) to remand Martynenko for 60 days.

According to the court`s decision, Martynenko must turn in his travel documents and is not allowed to leave the territory of Ukraine.

The preventive measure against Martynenko is valid until June 20, 2017, shall take effect immediately after its announcement, but may be appealed within five days.

As UNIAN reported, agents of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine on April 20 detained ex-MP, former chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Fuel and Energy Complex Mykola Martynenko amid an investigation into the Skhidny enterprise case.

He was notified about charges under Part 1 of Article 255 (the creation of a criminal organization) and Part 5 of Article 191 (misappropriation, embezzlement of property or enrichment by abuse of office) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Investigators found the enterprise had concluded a contract with an intermediary company controlled by the detained ex-deputy to supply uranium concentrate at artificially high prices. As a result, the state-run enterprises` damage in 2014-2016 was $17.28 million.

SAPO asked the court to remand Martynenko for 60 days with bail worth UAH 300 million, or about $11.2 million, as a preventive measure.

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