The Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) conducted searches in the International Investment Bank (IIB), the main stakeholder of which is the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reports Interfax-Ukraine news agency, citing the press service of the SBI.
Operational and investigative actions are carried out as part of the investigation of the sale of the shipbuilding and armament company, the Kuznya na Rybalskomu plant, reports the SBI.
A former deputy head in the administration of ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Andriy Portnov reported on his Facebook page that the searches of the SBI are connected to the withdrawal of the "340 kg of laundered offshore dollars" by Poroshenko in May-June 2019."
On Friday, September 13, it became known that the former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came for questioning to the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation. However, SBI's press service didn't specify, within what criminal case the investigative actions are carried out.
The shipbuilding plant, Kuznya na Rybalskomu, belonged to Petro Poroshenko until 2018, and Poroshenko left the post of President of Ukraine in May 2019. At the end of May, the SBI opened cases on money laundering and tax evasion at the plant. According to investigators, Poroshenko legalized $300 million of income through offshore companies.
The former President of Ukraine is currently involved in 13 criminal cases in Ukraine. They all relate to the possible legitimization of illicit profits and interference in the work of judges. In all of them, Poroshenko participates as a witness.