The Pechersky district court of Kiev cancelled the arrest of accounts of OOO “Tedis Ukraine”, PJSC CB “PrivatBank” and JSC “Raiffeisen Bank Aval” and ordered the return of the company seized tobacco products, according to “Nashi Groshi”.
Such decisions the court made on 4 and 5 may.
The arrest of Bank accounts was withdrawn at the request of the Deputy Director of the “Tedis Ukraine” Dmitry donika. The investigator of the Prosecutor General against the approval of the petition did not object.
Also, the investigator of the GPU did not oppose the return of the tobacco products that were seized at the end of March during a search of a warehouse in the Zaporozhye and Sumy in the beginning of April. The investigator indicated that these cigarettes “are not an instrument to commit a criminal offence and are not evidence”.
As you know, the scandal of the “Tedis Ukraine” started in late March, when security forces exposed the scheme particularly major tax evasion and illegal transfer of billions of hryvnia from Ukraine through the company “Tedis”. Including the company is accused of financing terrorism. However, TEDIS Ukraine denies all allegations of the Prosecutor General, the company has already sought the protection of the President of Petro Poroshenko and interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
In addition, law enforcement officers raided the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukrainerelated to the tobacco distributor. The media also reported that the leadership of AMCU was suspected of receiving bribes from the “Tedis”.
Experts declared about the establishment in Ukraine of the lack of cigarettes, but acknowledged the lack of goods artificially provoked – as panic demand for tobacco, and the actions of sellers. The AMC later stated that the manufacturers of cigarettes began to enter into agreement for their distribution in Ukraine with competitors TEDIS Ukraine.
“Tedis-Ukraine” (earlier “Metropolis”) – a distributor of tobacco products in Ukraine. The company is in the TOP 20 largest in Ukraine and full control of the market distribution of tobacco products. For many years the company has collaborated with international manufacturers of tobacco products: JapanTobacco International, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco, as well as with suppliers of lighters FireTime and Ringo Ltd. In 2014 and 2015, 100% made in Ukraine cigarettes were implemented “Tedis”.
In December 2016, the AMCU has fined the “Tedis” 431 million UAH for abuse of monopoly – the claim was to the pricing. In addition, according to AMC, “Tedis” partially refused to sell the product in the absence of alternative sellers.