The Prosecutor General’s office launched an investigation against a judge of the Kiev district court of Poltava, Andrei Antonov, who closed the case of the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes. This was announced by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko in Facebook.
“The judge who in violation of all regulations made a decision to close the case Kernes will be responsible for the manifestly unjust decision. And dembelsky chord will not help. Case Kernes undoubtedly must be returned for consideration to render an impartial verdict”, – he wrote.
According to the report of the Prosecutor of the prosecution division of the Supreme court of the GPU, the actions of a judge Antonova see a violation of part 2 of article 375 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (“the Decision of the judge (judges) knowingly illegal sentence, decision, ruling or order”).
We will remind, today the Kyivsky district court of Poltava decided to close a criminal case against the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes and his guards Vitaly Blinnikka and Eugene Smitkova.
In the GPU later declared intention to appeal against today’s court decision.
Recall, January 25, 2014 a group of people attacked the marchers in support of Euromaidan in Kharkov. On the same day the Deputy of Kharkiv regional Council, Ivan Varchenko said about the kidnapping of two participants of the Euromaidan Alexander Kutyanina and Sergey Ryapolova, “after they removed the car number plates” friends Kernes at the hotel “national”. Later, the Department of public relations of GU Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine in Kharkiv region reported that the information about the kidnapping was not confirmed.
March 2, 2015 Kernes announced on suspicion of committing crimes under part 2, 3 of article 27, part 2 of article 146 (“Illegal imprisonment or kidnapping”), h. 2, 3 of article 27, part 2, article 127 (“Torture”), h. 2, 3 of article 27, part 1 of article 129 (“Threat by murder”) the criminal code of Ukraine and the completion of the preliminary investigation. 26 Mar 2015 the General Prosecutor passed to the court indictment in criminal proceedings concerning Kernes and his two bodyguards.
April 2, 2015, the Supreme court declared the operative part of the decision to transfer the case Kernes of Dzerzhinsky district court of Kharkov to Kiev district court of Poltava, where it was considered before making today’s decision.