The Prosecutor-General’s Office of Ukraine has charged former chairman of the State Aviation Service Denys Antoniuk under Section 2 of Article 364 (abuse of power or position) of the Penal Code based on materials from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). The press center of the SBU announced this in a statement on Friday evening.

"The former official is charged with obstructing the operations of individual air carriers and enterprises that provide services in the aviation industry. He has been placed under house arrest as a preventive measure," said in the statement.

As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to dismiss the State Aviation Service’s head Antoniuk on 4 September. He became the head of the State Aviation Service in March 2014, but he was suspended from office for the final two months in connection with the official investigation. Antoniuk was dismissed for violating the oath of a public servant in accordance with the order No. 882-r dated 4 September.

In late June, the Odessa region’s Governor Mikheil Saakashvili accused Antoniuk of bias during distribution of air routes and lobbying for the interests of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), his former employer. Antoniuk denied these accusations allegations.