The trials haven’t started yet regarding 47 out of 192 cases*, in which the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed the pre-trial investigations, and the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) sent indictments or motions for the relief from criminal liability to courts.
For more than two and a half years in case as of the facts of causing damage to the Public Joint-Stock Company "State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine" the preparatory meetings postponed for different reasons. So, from December 2016, the judges did not examine any evidence in the case.
In the proceeding as of the facts of the public funds embezzlement of “Zaporizhtsyvilproekt”, preparatory meeting (scheduled on March 19, 2019) was postponed. The next one is scheduled in almost 4 months — on July 9, 2019.
Judges often scheduled such meetings once for 2-3 months. Obviously, this is due to the judges’ involvement in other cases, planned vacations or expectations of starting of the work of the Anti-Corruption Court. The NABU`s and SAPO`s cases will be sent to this court according to the jurisdiction.
Under such circumstances, a quick trial of the so-called “Krayan Plant case” is not typical for cases as of top-corruption. From November 2018, the meetings are scheduled regularly and as of April 2019:
- prosecutors submitted and the court examined written evidence in 66 volumes;
- more than 100 witnesses were subpoenaed;
- defence has filed evidence.
At this rate, in the nearest future the sentence will be passed by the court of first instance, before the start of the Anti-Corruption Court work.
Currently most of decisions in the cases from the NABU and the SAPO are the approval of plea bargain agreements or decisions, according to which the persons are not sentenced to imprisonment.
However, in March 2019, the former Head of the Zakharivska District Government Administration in the Odesa Region was sentenced for abuse of office. The official was found guilty and sentenced to three years' imprisonment with disqualification to hold certain positions or to be engaged in certain activities for a period of three years (the decision has not yet entered into legal force).
* All data as of March 31, 2019