International Lawyers: GPU and Ukrainian Court Ruling in Zlochevskyi’s Case is Fully Consistent with that of International Courts

October 12, 2016
 

Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine fulfilled the order issued by the Pechersk District Court of Kiev and the U.K. court, as both courts found no criminal wrongdoing in the actions of Nikolay Zlochevskyi, the President and Owner of Ukraine’s largest private gas producer Burisma Group. The Court obliged the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine to remove Mr Zlochevskyi from wanted list. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine was notified accordingly. The correspondent court decision is not subject to appeal.

Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Burisma counsel John Buretta sees the actions of GPU and Ukrainian judiciary as “clear evidence of Ukraine’s commitment to the rule of law and due process – twin pillars of democracy”, reported Burisma’s press service.

The] “actions of the PGO and those of the Ukrainian court are clear evidence of Ukraine’s commitment to the rule of law and due process – twin pillars of democracy”, – stressed Mr John Buretta former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Burisma counsel.

Monty Raphael, a well-known British lawyer and counsel to Nikolay Zlochevskyi shares this view: “I have worked very closely with Nikolay Zlochevskyi and his entire legal team for years defending him against the unsubstantiated accusations presented in the UK.  The U.K. judicial system found for Nikolay Zlochevskyi and I am very pleased to see that the Ukrainian judicial system appears to be moving in the same direction”.

After a 9-month consideration of Nikolay Zlocheskyi’s activities in Ukraine from 2002 until 2014, the British court found no criminal wrongdoing and ruled in favor of Nikolay Zlochevskyi, obliging the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to pay the defendant’s costs.