Security Service of Ukraine officials were given notices of suspicion

On March 16, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) jointly with the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office gave notices of suspicion to 2 officials of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) for allegedly committing a crime under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine («Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official»). The abovementioned officials were detained on March 15, 2017. 

The investigation revealed that the suspects (the Head of the Counterintelligence Protection of the National Economy of one of the Territorial Offices of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Deputy Head of Department of the abovementioned SSU Office) acting as a group of persons upon their prior conspiracy demanded and received from business entities an improper advantage in especially large amount for the failure to put pressure on their business.

In particular, the NABU Detectives have documented the fact of the SSU officials extorting and receiving from 2 Heads of the commercial companies through an intermediary half of the abovementioned improper advantage in the amount of 50 thousand USD .

It should be reminded that on March 15, 2017, the NABU Detectives jointly with Internal Control Department of the SSU employees detained the SSU officials. Currently, the NABU is preparing a motion to the court to apply for a preventive measure for the suspects.

According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered not-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.