Supreme Court upholds verdict against Kyiv region judge

Hanna Bilyk, a judge of the Brovary city district court in the Kyiv region, has been sentenced to 6 years in prison with the confiscation of a car and a land plot. She has also been stripped of the right to hold certain administrative posts for a period of 3 years. The verdict was passed by the Criminal Court of Cassation of the Supreme Court on Dec. 14, 2022. Previously, the same decision had been passed by the High Anti-Corruption Court and the HACC Appeals Chamber. The verdict of the Supreme Court is final and cannot be appealed.

As reported, in June 2017 NABU and SAPO exposed a judge who solicited EUR 1,000 from a private enterprise for issuing a clarifying decision in its favor in a criminal case.

In the summer of 2021, the High Anti-Corruption Court passed a verdict against Hanna Bilyk, which was later confirmed by the HACC Appeals Chamber. The full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February allowed the judge to hide and evade punishment. However, in November 2022, she was detained and remanded in custody by court.