Statement by Oleg Bakhmatyuk, Chairman of Ukrlandfarming, regarding Lawful Decision by Office of Prosecutor General to Close Case in Compliance with Judgement

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The Office of the Prosecutor Ukraine has finally put an end to the so-called Pysaruk&Bakhmatyuk case. The OPG has complied with the lawful decision of the Pechersk District Court of Kiev City that finds unlawful the decision by the former first deputy Prosecutor General, Kasko, who had in violation of the Code of Criminal Procedure and outside the procedural limitations  reopened  a case that had been exhaustively investigated by several law enforcement authorities and closed by court.  That the reopening of the frivolous case was not an accident was patently clear to both experts and the economic community in Ukraine and abroad. In fact, it was the product of a conspiracy between the former head of the Office of the President, Andriy Bohdan, former Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka and NABU Director Artem Sytnyk, each of whom had their own motives to destroy my company.  

The Prosecutor General’s Office has taken a crucial step towards restoring justice for the company employing tens of thousands of people, creating Ukrainian products and contributing substantial funds to the national budget.  The decision to close the case enables me as a shareholder to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Deposit Guarantee Fund. The next step must be taken by the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO), which is under an obligation to annul any procedural decisions approved as part of the trumped-up case to the extent that the case has been closed, which renders any such decisions null and void.  SAPO is obliged to comply with the lawful judgement and stop terrorising the company that has sustained an economic loss over it. 

An amicable settlement is always better than a destructive conflict.  This absurd war, so harmful from a public interest perspective, is over.  We are positively going to hear a chorus of whining from pseudo-activists claiming it was wrong to close the case and that the better outcome would have been to force the company into bankruptcy rather than let it continue to contribute to the national budget.  They will be calling on SAPO. I hope, however, that SAPO will come down on the side of the law and ignore the squawks of those biased characters.   I hope that SAPO will approve a lawful decision expeditiously, as each day free from the heavy pressure will speed up the company’s returning to normalcy as a major taxpayer  while helping bring back faith within society that Ukraine is a civilised country where the rule of law prevails over the law of the rulers.