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.
The employees of the Legal Department of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine visited the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) in Hague (the Netherlands) on March 14-15, 2018. The visit was organized by the invitation of Eurojust and under project "European Union's Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine".
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) calls on the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to repeal the amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine (CPC), which paralyze the work of investigative authorities. The Members of Parliament are going to consider the Draft Law of Ukraine On the Amendments to Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Improvement of Criminal Justice (№7547) dated February 5, 2018. The Draft Law proposes to cancel specific amendments to the CPC adopted in October 2017.
It is important to make every effort to ensure the adoption of the Law On the High Anti-Corruption Court by the end of March 2018. It is equally important to take into consideration all the recommendations of the Venice Commission. Only in this case there is a chance to launch this court and give impetus to the continuation of anti-corruption reform by the end of the year. This was emphasized by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk at the 14th Annual Ukraine Investor Conference Dragon Capital, which took place on March 1-2, 2018, in Kyiv.
On February 22, 2018, the Former Head of a separate Unit of the State Enterprise National Nuclear Power Generation Company (NNPGC) «Energoatom», suspected of causing damage to the SE NNPGC «Energoatom», was detained at the Kyiv Boryspil Airport. During the last three months the suspect was mentioned in the wanted list.
The success of the fight against corruption in Ukraine can be doubled if the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court is established. The later will endure sentences and fair punishment for the top-corrupt officials. This was emphasized by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk at the presentation of the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2017, held on February 21, 2018, in Kyiv.
The 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) completed a pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the facts of receiving an improper advantage for the assistance to a foreign company in the realization of amber mining in Ukraine (the so-called «amber case»).
The Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recommends to establish the Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine without delay and to preserve the independence of the newly established anti-corruption agencies. Also the OECD recommends ensuring compliance with the jurisdiction of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) according to the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine. Such recommendations were provided to Ukraine by the OECP in the Report «Round 4. Monitoring Report on Anti-Corruption Reforms in Ukraine».
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) proved to be a truly independent and efficient body. In order to provide the result in its fight against corruption, we should eliminate the obstacles for the implementation of the anti-corruption reform. Namely - the absence of the Anti-Corruption Court, the pressure accompanying every investigation against top corrupt officials, and attempts to limit the NABU's functional independence. This was emphasized by the Mission Chief for Ukraine at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ron van Rooden during the meeting with the NABU executives on February 14, 2018.
On February 14, 2018, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) detained the Odesa City Mayor and his Deputy in the Kyiv Boryspil Airport. The officials are suspected of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine («Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by abuse of office»).
For the last 2 years, since detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) started pre-trial investigations, 253.3 million UAH were refunded to the State budget, embezzlement of about 2 billion UAH was prevented. Over 674 million UAH are in the process of confiscation.
From the very start of investigations, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) have exposed more than 300 persons allegedly involved in the corruption crimes. Also 107 cases have already been sent to court. This was stated by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the briefing «Presentation of the Report on the NABU results during the second half of 2017» on February 8, 2018.