Court extends Makarenko's arrest until October 10

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Aug. 20, 2010, 3:34 p.m. |
Pechersky District Court of Kyiv has extended the arrest of Anatoliy Makarenko, the former head of State Customs Service of Ukraine, until October 10, the detainee's lawyer, Yuriy Sukhov, has said. According to Sukhov, the defense submitted a conclusion by a professor from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv University, Petro Andrushko, to the court, according to which Makarenko is not guilty.

"The court ignored it. What can we call this if not lawlessness," the lawyer of the detainee said.

As reported, the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal on June 8 obliged national JSC Naftogaz Ukrainy to return 11 billion cubic meters of gas to Switzerland-registered RosUkrEnergo and to give it 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas as compensation.

As Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky informed, a criminal case has been opened on damages caused to the Ukrainian state in connection with the ruling of the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal.

The former first deputy head of Naftogaz Ukrainy, Ihor Didenko, the deputy head of a department at the Energy Regional Customs, Taras Shepitko, and former head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine Anatoliy Makarenko were arrested in connection with the case.
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