Court hearing on Adelaja case fails due to lack of interpreter

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Sept. 14, 2011, 4:01 p.m. | Kyiv — by Interfax-Ukraine
Kyiv's Dniprovsky District Court on Wednesday failed to start a hearing on a case against the pastor of the Embassy of God, Sunday Adelaja, and employees of King's Capital (Kyiv) due to the lack of interpreter, and the court hearing has been postponed until Sept. 27. About a hundred of Adelaja's supporters and opponents [alleged fraud victims] gathered outside the court before the hearing.

The pastor's supporters, including some from the congregation of the Embassy of God welcomed him with loud chanting. Squabbles then broke out between Adelaja's supporters and opponents.

The court was supposed to start announcing an indictment on Tuesday.

The prosecution petitioned to the court on holding the hearing in Russian language, as one of the accused is a citizen of Russia and Adelaja also understands Ukrainian language poorly.

The judge issued a ruling to hold the hearing in Ukrainian language.

In an interview with journalists after the hearing, Adelaja stated that he is not guilty and wants to prove his innocence in court.

When asked whether an interpreter to his native language would be provided to him, Adelaja said that the judge would decide this.

Adelaja's lawyer said, "The court took an absolutely correct decision today. The case could not be considered in court in the Russian language, as court proceedings have to be held in the state language, which is Ukrainian."

The lawyer stressed that the language issue regarding people that do not know Ukrainian language would be decided under the current legislation, which means that they would be provided with interpreters.

"Today a break in the court hearings was announced due to the lack of interpreter in the courtroom," he said.
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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 6:05 p.m.    

The problem is that none of the authorities is interested in returning the money back to fraud victims. Putting someone behind the bars doesn't help in Ukraine because all confiscated properties are owned by the State only. It will be an extremely difficult or almost impossible for victims to claim any compensation of their loss from the Government. After all, they will wash their hands of saying "The guy is in prison. What else do you want from us"? But this DOES NOT help to get the money back! People, you will have a hard time trying to get anything form our Government!

And why no-one gives us any information about what happened to those properties owned by King's Capital? Where are those pieces of land, apartments, buildings, money on King's Capital's bank accounts? Who owns it now? Why not giving us, the community, an official report on that? I personally believe some officials own those properties by now. I believe that is the main reason why they are persecuting a person who never owned the company and did not have any share in King's Capital. I believe that was the agreement between King's Capital's ex-owners and our police officials. Someone became richer again but not those who invested in Kings' Capital. This is why no one wants to invest in Ukraine. Law does not work here. Dear foreign investors, if you have any intention to put your money in Ukrainian Economy, please don't do this! I guarantee you most likely you will lose all your money here!

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2011, 4:23 a.m.    

I told my KGB comrades to prosecute him !! I need more serfs to pray for my KGB &quot;priests&quot; !!

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