Monday, 12 July 2010

Court orders arrest of ex-Naftogaz first deputy head Didenko

Kyiv Pechersky District Court ordered the arrest for two months of Ihor Didenko, the former first deputy head of Ukraine's state oil and gas company Naftogaz.

Didenko's lawyer Ihor Stepanov told reporters that the defense was planning to appeal against the ruling.

"We will challenge [this] illegal ruling in a court of appeals," he said, adding that the fact that Kyiv Pechersky District Court on Monday took no decision on a petition to release Didenko on bail gives grounds to cancel the court's ruling.

It was reported earlier that in a June 8 ruling, the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal had ordered Naftogaz Ukrainy to return 11 billion cubic meters of gas to Swiss-registered gas trader RosUkrEnergo. In addition, the tribunal ordered that RosUkrEnergo receive from Naftogaz a further 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas in lieu of RosUkrEnergo's entitlement to penalties for breach of contract.

Security Service of Ukraine Chief Valeriy Khoroshkovsky earlier reported on the opening of a case on damage caused to Ukraine in connection with a ruling of the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal. According to reports in the media, the former first deputy head of Naftogaz Ukrainy, Ihor Didenko, became the main witness in the case. The ex-head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine, Anatoliy Makarenko, was arrested for two months.

The Security Service press center officially confirmed Didenko's arrest on July 9. A criminal case against Didenko was opened on June 10 under Part 5 of Article 191 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code, which deals with misappropriation or embezzlement through abuse of office.

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