Prosecutor General’s office initiates investigation against judge closed Kernes’ case

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Prosecutor General’s office has initiated an investigation against Andrii Antonov, Judge of Kyiv District Court of Poltava who dismissed the case of Hennadiy Kernes, the Mayor of Kharkiv. Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General of Ukraine claimed this on
Facebook‘The judge having transgressed all legislative provisions ordered the close of Kernes’ case. He will answer for making an unjust decision. No doubt, Kernes’ case should be reviewed again for making an objective verdict,’ he said.

According to the report of the prosecutor of the department of charges in the Supreme Court of Prosecutor General’s office sees a violation of Part 2 of Art. 375 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine in the actions of Judge Antonov.
Reportedly, today, Kyiv District Court of Poltava decided to close the criminal case
against the Mayor of Kharkiv Hennadiy Kernes, and his guards Vitaly Blinnik and Yevhen Smitsky.

Later, the Prosecutor General’s office stated on the intention to appeal today’s decision of the court.
Reportedly, a group of people attacked the participants of the march in support of the Euromaidan in Kharkiv on January 25, 2014. The same day, Ivan Varchenko, MP of Kharkiv Regional Council stated on the kidnapping of Oleksandr Kutianin and Serhii Riapolov, the participants of the Euromaidan, after they disassembled the license plates of Kernes’ friends’ cars. Later, the Public Affairs Division of the State Administration of Ukrainian MIA in Kharkiv region claimed that the information on the kidnapping wasn’t confirmed.

On April 2, 2015, The Supreme Court of Ukraine announced the operative part of the decree on the transfer the review of Kernes’ case from the Dzerzhinsky district court of Kharkiv to the Kyiv district court of Poltava, where it was considered before the adoption of today's decision.
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