Kyiv Appeals Court judges nabbed taking USD 35,000 in undue advantage (PHOTO)

On Nov. 29, 2023, NABU and SAPO exposed four judges of the Kyiv Court of Appeal, who received USD 35,000 in undue advantage for issuing a 'proper' decision.

As established, a judge of the Kyiv Court of Appeal proposed to one of the parties in a case to uphold an appeal for the lifting of property seizure imposed on a private company. In exchange, the company's representative had to provide an undue advantage to the trio of judges in the case.

The money was handed over on November 28. The intermediary judge retained USD 10,000 for himself, while placing USD 25,000 in a whiskey box for his colleagues. Upon receiving the funds, the trio divided them among themselves.

During the search of the judges' places, detectives found and seized the funds provided as an undue advantage.

The preliminary legal qualification: Part 3 Article 28, Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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.