Court Allows Poroshenko To Sell Previously Arrested Collection Of Paintings

The Kiev Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the Kiev Pecherskyi District Court, which seized a collection of paintings of former President Petro Poroshenko, prohibiting him from using and disposing of said property, including the ‘alienate.

This is stated in court documents, reports the Ukrainian News Agency.

As the court documents show, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) continues to investigate the case, which investigates the circumstances of the movement across the customs border of Ukraine with concealment at customs control of a collection of 43 paintings by world famous artists.

The case is under investigation under Articles 201, Part 3 of Article 212, Part 3 of Article 358, Part 3 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code.

Poroshenko’s defense in court said that this case was not investigated by the State Investigation Bureau, since, according to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the preliminary investigation under Article 209 of the Penal Code is implemented by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB).

On December 20, 2021, the Kiev Court of Appeal declared inadmissible the evidence of the SBI, collected following an urgent search carried out on May 26, 2020 in the non-residential premises of the National Center of Folk Culture at the Ivan Honchar Museum, therefore, the arrest of property, namely 42 paintings by world-famous artists and one lithograph, belonging to Poroshenko, which were discovered during the said search, cannot be imposed in order to ensure the safety of these property in as material evidence in criminal proceedings.

As there was no legal basis for the seizure of 42 paintings by world-famous artists and a lithograph, the judge imposed the seizure on the said property without any reason.

So, by court order, Poroshenko has the right to use and dispose of the collection of paintings, including alienating it.

As the Ukrainian news agency reported earlier, in 2020 the court seized Poroshenko’s collection of paintings from the Honchar Museum again.

The State Bureau of Investigation has not removed the paintings from the collection of the ex-president of the Honchar Museum.

The SBI is investigating a case in which the circumstances of the passage through Ukraine’s customs border of a collection of 43 paintings by world-famous artists concealed at customs control are under investigation.

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