KIEV, August 21. /TASS/. A Kiev court has compelled the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine to open a case against former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin on charges of abusing their power while in office.
"Kiev’s Solomensky District Court has obliged the National Anti-Corruption Bureau to open a criminal case involving abuse of office accusations against Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin and former President Pyotr Poroshenko," the Ukrainian News reported on Wednesday, citing the court’s materials.
The media noted that the author of the claim, whose name was not disclosed, submitted a report on the criminal violations committed by Klimkin and Poroshenko under Section 364 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code on abuse of authority to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine on July 15. On August 15, the court obliged the Bureau to launch a case.
Poroshenko is currently facing several criminal charges. He is suspected of treason, abuse of office, money laundering, tax evasion and attempted usurpation of judicial power. In addition, he is accused of illegally appointing the cabinet of ministers in 2016 with the absence of a coalition in the Verkhovna Rada.