Law enforcement officers have raided the home and office of the head of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine, Denys Antoniuk, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports, citing Antoniuk himself.
"They found nothing illegal in my house, they left quietly, and I am now going to work," he said, adding that has not been charged with anything. Antoniuk also said that the raids were conducted based on complaints filed with the law enforcement agencies by the Atlasjet Ukraine airline.
However, citing sources, delo.ua reported that the raids were linked to accusations of abuse of power, corruption, and falsification of documents against the head of the State Aviation Service.
As reported, Infrastructure Minister Andrii Pyvovarskyi said on April 10 that a government investigation of the operations of the State Aviation Service was being conducted but added that Antoniuk would not be suspended from his post during the investigation.
In addition, it was reported that an internal investigation of the head of the State Aviation Service himself was being planned.
Earlier, the head of the Association of Aviation Enterprises, Mykola Marchenko, who became an adviser to First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Shulmeister, accused Antoniuk of lobbying for the interests of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA). Antoniuk previously worked in for the airline.