Ukrainian ex-president becomes suspect in criminal case

epa07732134 Petro Poroshenko, former Ukrainian President and leader of the European Solidarity political party reacts at his campaign headquarters following a parliament?s elections in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 July 2019. According to the National exit poll 2019, released at a press conference in Kyiv, the five political parties are passing a five percent threshold in the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Some 43.9 percent of voters voted for the pro-president's Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People), 11.5 percent ? for Opposition Platform ? For Life, 8.9 percent ? for ex-president Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity, 7.6 percent ? for Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna (Motherland), and 6.3 percent ? for Sviatoslav Vakarchuk's Holos (Voice) Party as local media report. Other parties scored below thershold. EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

MOSCOW- Petro Poroshenko; the former president of Ukraine, have recently been declared officially suspect in a criminal case and accused for that on Wednesday.

Poroshenko was summoned to the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) for questioning in a case which accuses him for taking 43 paintings by world-famous artists across Ukrainian border secretly from the customs control.

However, he was handed an officially written notification by investigators which announces him a suspect in a case of offering orders which were officially declared illegal and also was accused for forcing Yehor Bozhok; head of the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service, for abuse of power.

Poroshenko, according to the SBI, made a clear order for the appointment of Sergey Semochko to Bozhok.

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