On December 21, 2018, the indictment as of the Former President of the Public Joint-Stock Company (PJSC) «C Trident» and as of the ex-Director of the shipping company was sent to Pechersky District Court of Kyiv. Both persons are accused 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»).
The investigation revealed that during 2012 the Former President of the PJSC «C Trident» (100% state-owned) jointly with the Former Director of the company «Zealand Holdings Inc.» and other officials of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in violation of the requirements of the Laws of Ukraine and using the power of attorney of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, sold at reduced prices the «African Lark», «Etna», «Elbrus» and «Everest» merchant ships. The Ministry of Transport as a contribution to the statutory fund to the «C Trident» transferred those ships.
Due to the expert's conclusions, these actions caused losses the State in total amount of more than 219 million UAH.
The NABU Detectives started the pre-trial investigation of the abovementioned facts in December 2015 based on materials of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine.
In January 2018, the ex-officials of the «C Trident» and the ex-Director of the shipping company were given notices of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On July 25, 2018, the defense was provided with access to the materials of the pre-trial investigation for review.According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.