The investigation of the case as of the facts of receiving 50 thousand USD of improper advantage by three employees of the Main Department of the National Police in Kyiv was completed. The indictment as of them was sent to the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv on May 3, 2019.
Among the accused there are two investigators of the Investigations Division of the Podilsky Police Division of the Main Police Department in Kyiv and an Officer of the Office for the Prevention of Narcotic Crimes of the Main Department of the National Police in Kyiv (hereinafter referred to as the “Operator”). They are accused of committing a crime under Part 4 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The NABU Detectives revealed that since the end of September 2018, National Police investigators together with the “Operator”, demanded an improper advantage in amount of 50 thousand USD from the citizen who had the status of a suspect in the criminal proceedings as of the facts of sale of precursors*. Otherwise, they threatened to commit acts related to the restriction of the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of the suspect.
In October 2018, National Police Investigators and the “Operator” were detained for extortion, causing large property damage. The officers of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Military Prosecutor's Office, who at that time investigated the case, give a notices of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 4 of Article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine to abovementioned officials. In November 2018, the jurisdiction in the proceeding was determined by the NABU Detectives.
In turn, the Detectives revealed that suspected law-enforcers had received improper advantage, which is a more serious crime. Thus, based on the evidence gathered on March 15-16, 2019, they were informed of a change in the previously reported notice of suspicion — for committing a crime under Part 4 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Receiving an improper advantage”).
On March 16, 2019, the pre-trial investigation was completed, the defence was granted with access to the materials of the investigation.
* precursors — substances used for the illegal production, making of narcotics, psychotropic substances included in the List of narcotics, psychotropic substances and precursors.
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.