Appeal of the Ukrlandfarming Group of Companies to the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov

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Dear Mr. Speaker!

As we have learned from open sources, the Anticorruption Policy Committee of the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] of Ukraine has summoned the Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, and the head of the Specialised Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, Nazar Kholodnitskiy, to testify in the matter of closing of the case involving VAB Bank as ordered by the Pechersk District Court of the City of Kiev, whose ruling is final and not subject to appeal.    

We are surprised that we have not been invited as parties to the case to testify before the Committee, either any representatives of Oleg Bakhmatyuk, the owner of Ukrlandfarming PLC, or those of Oleksandr Pysaruk, the former deputy governor of the NBU, also implicated in the case. It appears as though the leadership of the Committee has decided to find us guilty a priori and do so against court rulings and the available evidence proving our innocence, without giving us the opportunity to defend ourselves openly and publicly.  This harks back to the ‘fair trials’ of Stalin’s totalitarian regime with its ‘Special Troikas’ denying any remedies to the victims of their travesty of justice. 

We would like to remind you that we have reason to suspect that, as we have been subjected to a mockery of investigation on the part of NABU based on an unlawfully reopened case against Bakhmatyuk and Pysaruk. Our lawyers have been denied access to the case file, which is our right by law; they have even tried to deny us legal representation by forcing ‘free of charge’ counsels on us.  We believe that we are going to witness another episode of lawlessness at the announced meeting of the Anticorruption Policy Committee. 

We demand that our right to defence be respected. At the same time, we appreciate that the chair of the committee and some of its members may have a degree of political motivation in the matter.  We demand that we be given the opportunity to publicly state our position and defend our constitutional rights at the meeting of the Committee scheduled for the 8th of July.  We ask you to intervene personally and to let our representatives attend the upcoming meeting of the Anticorruption Policy Committee in order to ensure a fair and impartial process.