The Pechersky district court of Kyiv dismissed the case against former Finance Minister Yuriy Kolobov due to the lapse of time, according to “Court reporter” from a court hall.
According to the report, the decision was taken by the judge Vladimir Karabinem on the basis of a petition of the Prosecutor General. It shall enter into force after 7 days if not appealed.
Kolobov himself participated in the court hearing via videoconference from the Consulate General of Ukraine in Barcelona, since leaving the country in 2014 and was in Interpol’s wanted list.
The former Minister told the court that registered and lives in Alicante, Kingdom of Spain, now anywhere does not work.
He also agreed with the request of the public Prosecutor.
Note, the motion for dismissal of the Minister from responsibility in connection with the expiration of the limitation period 7 December 2017 was filed by the Deputy chief of Department of the procedural management of the Department for investigation of crimes committed by criminal organizations, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine Alexey Kuvshinov. He also represented the Prosecutor in court on February 21.
Also in court were two representatives from the State administration of SCS as the injured party. They, too, were not against the release of the Minister from liability.
Recall Yuriy Kolobov was Finance Minister from 28 February 2012 to 27 February 2014. He was held as a suspect in the case of privatization of shares of JSC “Ukrtelecom” in 2011, which also is suspected ex-the President Victor Yanukovych, ex-Premier Mykola Azarov and former first Deputy Prime Minister and former head of the national Bank Sergei Arbuzov.
Before closing the case Kolobova was charged with part 2 of article 367 of the criminal code – negligence. The limitation period of bringing to criminal liability for this offence is 5 years.
Previously, he was detained by police officers of Spain, however, pass the former official Ukraine country refused.