On August 14, 2019, the Deputy Minister of the Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as the “TOT”), as well as his “assistant”, were exposed and detained. The investigation revealed that they took possession of someone else's funds in a particularly large amount by deceit.
The investigation revealed that a representative of the interests of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), while communicating with the Deputy Minister informed on issue, the solution of which falls within the competence of the judicial branch.
The abovementioned LLC needed consultation on the consideration of the civil case on debt collection from another private company in its favor. On this request, the Deputy Minister said that for 100 thousand USD, using his contacts, he will be able to ensure the adoption of the necessary judicial decision
According to the official, he promised to ask the Deputy Prosecutor General to influence the Head of the Civil Court of Cassation (as part of the Supreme Court), which, in turn, could influence the judges of the same court.
Then, the amount of the improper advantage was reduced to 80 thousand USD. After receiving the first part of the improper advantage in the amount of 50 thousand USD Deputy Minister and his "assistant" divided funds among themselves. The second part (in the amount of 30 thousand USD) was transferred to them on August 14, 2019.
At the same time, the representative of the LLC told the Deputy Minister about the company passes a complicated approval procedure of permits for construction works on land plots in Kyiv, which according to the Law of Ukraine "On Protection of Cultural Heritage" belong to the monuments of cultural heritage.
On hearing this, the Deputy Minister offered his "services" to ensure approval of the project documentation for 1 million USD.
As the participants of the corruption scheme assured, this amount should supposedly be divided between heads and officials of executive authorities, including Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Ukrainian State Institute of Cultural Heritage, Kyiv City Council and others.
The Deputy Minister and his "assistant" were detained after receiving a part of the funds in the amount of 450 thousand USD and 30 thousand USD.
As a result of the searches, the entire amount of improper advantage received on August 14, 2019, as well as part of the previously received, were found and seized.
The pre-trial investigation as of the abovementioned facts is carried out by the NABU Detectives into a joint investigation team of the Special Operations Department of the Prosecutor General`s Office of Ukraine (PGO) and the Security Service of Ukraine under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the PGO from July 2019.
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.