On 24 June 2020, an investigating judge of the High Anti-Сorruption Court of Ukraine (HACCU) dismissed the prosecution’s motion seeking a precautionary restriction in the form of pretrial detention against the former CEO of VAB Bank, Denys Maltsev. The first instance of HACCU has in fact issued a decision completely contradictory to a recent ruling by the Appeal Chamber of HACCU handed down in respect of the former owner of VAB Bank and owner of the Ukrlandfarming group, Oleg Bakhmatyuk (Denys Maltsev is implicated in the same case as Oleg Bakhmatyuk, the prosecution filed identical motions against both of the them to HACCU).
I consider the ruling concerning me to be objective, as there are no legitimate grounds for issuing an arrest warrant against me in absentia – I’m not on any international wanted list nor am I hiding from the investigation. At the same time, the earlier ruling concerning the [former] owner of the bank, Oleg Bakhmatyuk, only goes to show one thing: there are judges who are guided by the law and, unfortunately, there are those who rule to satisfy vested interests, said the former owner of VAB Bank, Denys Maltsev, when commenting on the ruling.
Just as a reminder, our owner, Oleg Bakhmatyuk, made the following comment: Artem Sytnyk, according to my information, paid a personal visit to HACCU and de facto interfered with the process. What serves as direct proof of that is that under identical circumstances the same Appeal Chamber of HACCU ruled completely differently in the cases of Klymenko and Klyuyev, for example, refusing to put them under arrest.
Today’s ruling concerning Denys Maltsev serves as further evidence backing up my claim that certain parties to the case have been acting in a biased and partial manner. This is absurd. NABU Director Artem Sytnyk’s private vendetta must end, stated Oleg Bakhmatyuk.