Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko may be put through a lie detector test during the next questioning, State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) chief Roman Truba said on Monday.
"Today, Pyotr Poroshennko was questioned over suspected tax evasion concerning the sale of the Pryamoi TV channel. We don’t rule out that the next questioning will involve a lie detector," Truba wrote on Telegram.
He added that it was no big deal. "All our personnel go through such a psychophysiological test every year," TASS quoted him as saying.
A SBI spokesperson told reporters following Poroshenko’s questioning that the ex-president had been summoned as a witness. "He was questioned as a witness in two cases, no charges have been brought against him yet," the spokesperson said, adding that she could not comment on other cases. She also said that the date of Poroshenko’s next questioning would be announced in due time.
Earlier on Monday, Poroshenko was questioned over a suspected tax evasion scheme associated with the purchase and sale of the Pryamoi TV channel. The questioning took place at the SBI office. The case is based on a complaint filed by attorney Andrei Portnov who served as deputy chief of the presidential staff under Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. He accused Poroshenko of money laundering committed during the takeover of the Pryamoi TV channel. According to Portnov, Poroshenko took control of the TV channel by registering it to an offshore company fictitiously owned by a former Party of Regions member Vladimir Makeyenko.