Court dismissed from his position the suspected Director of the Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory

20.07.2017 00:00

The Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv satisfied the petition filed by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) and dismissed from his post the Director of the Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory (LAVF) until September 13, 2017. The official is suspected of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by the abuse of office”). He was given a notice of suspicion in terms of investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the fact of funds embezzlement while purchasing engines for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There are 4 more persons among other suspects.

The investigation revealed that the State Enterprise (SE) Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory won the tender for procurement of new В-46-6 engines to the Armored Command Center (ACC) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the documents LAVF bought engines from Limited liability company (LLC) Bulet Line and supplied to the ACC of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for 28 million 560 thousand UAH. According to the NABU Detectives the engines were supplied by the third party without any documents. The contracts with LLC were fictitious. The investigation also revealed that the supplied engines were previously in use. In addition, the used engines have already been sold to enterprises in the domestic market as excessive assets of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in 2008-2009.

It should be reminded that on July 14, 2017, the NABU Detectives under the procedural guidance of the SAPO detained a number of officials of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the State Enterprise (SE) Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory. The detainees are suspected of committing crimes under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by the abuse of office”). The intermediary, who is also the founder of the commercial structure, was also detained.

On the same day, the court chose preventive measures in a form of 60 days’ temporary custody with 2 million UAH alternative bail for the Head of the Unit of the Armored Command Center (ACC) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (who is also a Major General (U.S Army equivalent: Brigadier General) and in a form of 60 days’ temporary custody with 1.6 million UAH alternative bail for the Head of the Unit of the ACC of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (who is also a Сolonel), and for the Head of the LLC.

On July 15, 2017, the court chose preventive measures in a form of 60 days’ temporary custody with 2 million UAH alternative bail for the Director of the LAVF and 60 days’ temporary custody with 1.8 million UAH alternative bail for the Deputy Director of the LAVF. Currently the suspects posted bail, and they were released from custody.

The investigation as of corruption offences started in late November, 2016.