International lawyers share the position voiced by the Ukrainian and U.K. Courts regarding its decision to withdraw charges against the President and Owner of the International Energy Group Burisma Nikolay Zlochevskyi

October 10, 2016

The Pechersk District Court of Kiev found no criminal wrongdoing in the actions of the President and Owner of Burisma Group Nikolay Zlochevskyi, and obliged the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine to remove him from wanted list. The correspondent decision is not subject to appeal. The PGO has fulfilled this order.

[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.

Moreover, this Ukrainian court decision is fully consistent with the decision taken by the U.K. court in January 2015. After considering Nikolay Zlocheskyi’s activities in Ukraine from 2002 until 2014, the British court ruled in favor of Nikolay Zlochevskyi and obliged the SFO to pay the defendant’s costs.

“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”, – noted Monty Raphael QC, Nikolay Zlochevskyi’s UK counsel.

 

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