Court chose preventive measure for detained officials of Ukrzaliznytsia

16.08.2017 00:00

On August 18, 2017, the Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv chose a preventive measure in the form of house arrest on the 24-hours basis with a commitment to wear an electronic monitoring device for 59 days for the Former Deputy Head of Ukrzaliznytsia, for the Director of one of the Departments of Public Joint-Stock Company (PJSC) Ukrzaliznytsia and for the Deputy Director of one of the branches of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia. Therefore, the suspects must submit documents for traveling abroad, inform the investigator, prosecutor or court about changing their place of residence, etc.

Currently, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) prepare a petition for removal from the positions of the Director of one of the Departments and of the Deputy Director of one of the branches of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia.

It should be reminded that on August 15, 2017, the NABU Detectives under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the SAPO gave a notice of suspicion to the Former Deputy Head of Ukrzaliznytsia, to the Director of one of the Departments of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia and to the Deputy Director of one of the branches of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia for allegedly committing crimes under Part 2 Article 28, Part 2 Article 324 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine («Abuse of authority or office»).

The officials are suspected of abuse of office by a group of persons at the prior conspiracy. As a result of their actions the State Railway Administration of Ukraine has not received 10.2 million USD of income (at the time of the offense the amount was equal to 97 million UAH).

The investigation revealed that in early 2014 the suspects, using their official position and being members of the Tariff Commission of the State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine - the collegial body of Ukrzaliznytsia, authorized to set beneficial rate for freight transportation – applied beneficial tariffs for freight transportation in favor of some shipping companies, having no grounds to do so.

The officials decided that the tariffs will be beneficial if the carriers meet the guaranteed volumes of transportation.

The carriers did not fulfill the condition, but the privilege was still granted.