Public broadcaster Suspilne reported on November 6 that the Kyiv Shevchenkivskyi District Court has postponed a scheduled hearing to decide the conditions of imprisonment for Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.
The new date of the hearing is November 10.
Kolomoisky Court Hearing Delayed: As a result of their client’s poor health, Kolomoisky’s legal representatives have asked for his preventive measures to be changed so that he can be placed under house arrest instead.
According to Oleksandr Lysak, who represents Kolomoisky, the defense made an effort to gain access to medical specialists, but their request was ultimately denied. The attorney chose not to disclose the exact medical issues that his client was suffering from.
According to the defense team, Kolomoisky is planning to discuss his health issues head-on during the subsequent hearing. However, the attorney also claimed that these worries are connected to “continuing medical conditions that are deteriorating and may have irreversible consequences.”
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It is interesting to note that on November 6, the prosecutor chose to make a move via email to have Kolomoisky’s motion dismissed, although the prosecution was conspicuously absent from the hearing. In addition, Kolomoisky was not present for the hearing that took place in court. On October 27, the court issued an order to extend Kolomoisky’s pretrial custody until December 2, thereby extending his detention.
Background of Kolomoisky Court Hearing Delayed
The hearing was postponed, according to Viktor Hlynyanyi, the chairman of the panel of judges, because the case papers from Kyiv’s Shevchenkivskyi District Court had not yet arrived. It was planned to review Kolomoisky’s attorneys’ appeal today. But the lowest court’s complete ruling won’t be available until tomorrow. The attorneys representing Kolomoisky objected to the appeal hearing being rescheduled for September 25 since their client would have to remain in the pre-trial detention facility during that period. On Wednesday, Kolomoisky was not in attendance at the court hearing.
Pavlo Olesha, the prosecutor of the Prosecutor General’s Office, said that he had no knowledge of the matter when the judge questioned him about why the businessman had not been brought to the courtroom by the law enforcement officials. Rather, Oleksandr Lysak, the oligarch’s attorney, pointed out that Kolomoisky had indicated he wanted to be present at the court hearing the day before, on Tuesday. Following the court’s announcement, Kolomoisky’s attorneys told the media that he probably won’t post bail until September 25 and will stay in the pre-trial detention facility because he believes the lower court’s decision to choose a preventive measure for him was erroneous and that he prefers to wait for the outcome of the appeal.
Law enforcement officials accused Kolomoisky of fraud and money laundering on September 2. The inquiry claims that between 2013 and 2020, Kolomoisky used the infrastructure of regulated banking institutions to siphon off more than UAH 500 million ($13.6 million), legalizing the money. The Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv imposed a preventative measure on the businessman, which included two months of incarceration in Dnipro and the possibility of a bail of more than UAH 500 million ($13.6 million). In addition, he is required by the court’s ruling to turn over all records and refrain from speaking with any witnesses.