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VETEK ex-head detained, charged with criminal organization forming

VETEK ex-head detained, charged with criminal organization formingFormer top manager of the East European Energy Company (VETEK) Andriy Koshel, who was detained on the Ukrainian-Polish border, is suspected of embezzlement of property through abuse of office and forming a criminal gang.

"Andriy Koshel, the head of a separate structure of [ex-president of Ukraine Viktor] Yanukovych's criminal organization VETEK, which was involved in the theft of liquefied natural gas, oil and oil products, which belong to state-owned enterprises, was detained according to Article 208 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on June 12, when attempting to cross the state border of Ukraine at Krakovets checkpoint in Lviv region... on suspicion of committing crimes under Part 4 of Article 28, Part 5 of Article 191 and Part 1 of Article 255 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported on Monday.

At present, they are choosing a pre-trial restriction for the detainee.

Article 28 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine covers crimes committed by a group of people by prior conspiracy, an organized group or a criminal organization. Article 191 deals with misappropriation, embezzlement or seizure of property through abuse of official position, Article 255 deals with the formation of a criminal gang.

Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko earlier reported Koshel's arrest on the Ukrainian-Polish border.

Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine - Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios said that they searched Koshel and found a blade with an engraving: "The Security Service of the President of the Russian Federation" on it.
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