: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine`s former tax chief Klymenko summoned to PGO for questioning

The former head of the State Tax Service (2011-2012) and income and tax minister from 2012 to 2014, Oleksandr Klymenko, has been summoned to the Prosecutor General`s Office (PGO) for questioning, according to the summons published on the website of the PGO.

At 10:00 on August 19, Klymenko must appear in the second investigative department of the Investigative Department of the Chief Military Prosecutor`s Office of the PGO ”for participation in the proceedings as a suspect in criminal case No. 12013220540000400.”

As UNIAN reported earlier, late in May 2016, newly appointed Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko transferred the Klymenko case to First Deputy Military Prosecutor Volodymyr Zhebrytsky for further investigation.

In September 2015, Klymenko was notified of the charges under two criminal cases: illegal refunds of value-added tax in 2012-2013, which resulted in UAH 3 billion (US$120 million) loss to the budget, and money laundering through bogus companies.

The European Union (EU) on March 5, 2014, froze the assets of 18 former high-ranking officials who were suspected of misappropriation of state property in Ukraine. Yanukovych topped the sanctions list. Klymenko was also among the sanctioned ex-officials. The sanctions were originally introduced for 12 months, but later extended.

In June 2016, Klymenko said the EU had lifted the sanctions against him.


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