There’s an urgent need to amend the norm of the Law of Ukraine «On the High Anti-Corruption Court», providing that appeal courts of general jurisdiction will consider appeals against decisions of the first-instance courts made before The High Anti-Corruption Court is established.
On June 11, 2018, at 02:15 p.m. there will be a press conference on the results of performance of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine over the last three years and perspectives for further development of the institution with participation of the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnik. Robert Storch, Inspector General of US National Security Ageny, and Carlos Castresana, Member of the International Anti-Corruption Advisory Board of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative will also take part in the briefing.
The information that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (further referred to as NABU) allegedly stopped “proactively investigating Manafort” on political grounds, published by BBC on May 23rd 2018, is not true.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed the pre-trial investigation of the embezzlement of the funds of the (SE) Eastern Mining and Processing Plant (EMPP) and the «National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (NNEGC) «Energoatom». As a result, they handed over the indictment to the former Member of Parliament (also known as the Former Head of the Verkhovna Rada Fuel and Energy Committee) and other suspects. On May 22, 2018, the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) sent the indictment to court.
As of the end of April 2018, Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) have exposed and prosecuted more than 380 corrupt officials. In 135 cases, the pre-trial investigation was completed and indictments against 207 persons were passed to courts. At the moment, NABU Detectives investigate over 600 criminal proceedings, in which 174 persons are suspected of committing corruption crimes.
On April 25, 2018, the Officer of the Main Office of the State Security Service of Ukraine in the City of Kyiv and Kyivska Oblast (SSU) was given a notice of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 4, Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
He was exposed on receiving an improper advantage in the amount of 47.5 thousand USD.
The intermediary (who acted in transferring of funds) was also given a notice of suspicion. The abovementioned person is suspected of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 27, Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
During October-December 2017 a joint team of independent experts in the sphere of evaluating the effectiveness of law-enforcement agencies assessed the work of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) based on three cornerstone elements: effectiveness, efficiency and independence. As a result the experts provided the detailed report (for full version of the report please follow the link), containing a set of recommendations for further institutional development.
The G7 Foreign Ministers called on the Ukrainian authorities to create the Anti-Corruption Court in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. This is stated in a joint communique following the meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers in Toronto. The communique was published on April 23, 2018.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) work as one team. Therefore, none of the provocations can negatively affect the work of the anti-corruption authorities. This was emphasized by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the Conference «Implementation of anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine: stock-taking event», which took place on March 22, 2018, in Brussels (Belgium).
The funds in the amount of 185 million UAH were transferred to the National Agency of Ukraine for Finding, Tracing and Management of Assets Derived from Corruption and Other Crimes (АRМА). The abovementioned funds resulted from the sale of Odesa City Hall building of the Krayan Plant at inflated prices. On March 13, 2018, the judge of the Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv satisfied a request filed by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) for restoring seizure of funds. Also the court satisfied the request on transferring funds to the АRМА.