In May 2021, NABU and SAPO served 11 persons with notices of suspicion, sent indictments against two others to court. One conviction came into force. In particular, notices of suspicion were served to three persons whose actions during the purchase of diesel fuel for the "Ukrzaliznytsia" PJSC resulted in almost UAH 103 million losses to the company.
Seven more persons were notified of suspicion of abusing their office by granting a UAH 1.2 billion stabilization loan to the "VAB Bank" PJSC (Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). Thus, the number of suspects in this criminal case has increased to 17 people. Most of the suspects worked for the National Bank of Ukraine at the time of the crime.
The brother of the ex-head of the State Agency for Investment and Management of National Projects (Derzhinvestproekt) is suspected of organized crime and money laundering. His actions fall under Part 1 Article 255, Part 3 Article 27, Part 4 Article 28, Part 3 Article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. He is the second close relative of the ex-Derzhinvestproekt head involved in a corrupt scheme to misappropriate funds allocated for the implementation of national projects.
NABU and SAPO also completed an investigation in respect of an expert who drew up an untrue report that was further used by court to reject the state’s ownership of a part of the Samara-Western Direction oil product pipeline. The case materials were disclosed to the defense for review. The actions of the expert fall under Part 3 Article 365-2, Part 2 Article 384 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.