E-declarations: investigation as of the Minister of Infrastructure was completed

06.11.2018 00:00

The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) completed the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of illegal enrichment and failure to declare income by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine. On November 6, 2018, the defense had been granted with access to the documents of the pre-trial investigation.

The investigation revealed that in 2015, serving as deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the official took possession of the assets, the legitimacy of grounds for obtaining which was not confirmed by evidence and the value of which significantly exceeded his legal revenues. The issue concerns a new BMW X5 (2015) and cash in the amount of 90 thousand USD and 25 thousand EUR. The total value of such assets at that time amounted to 4.230.500 UAH.

According to the NABU Detectives, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine submitted false data to e-declaration. Thus, in e-declaration for 2015, the cost of the assets owned or used, as well as expenditures, which were not declared by the Minister, was at least 3.034 million UAH, and in 2016 it exceeded 8.024 million UAH.

In his e-declarations for both years, the official intentionally did not submit data on the BMW X5, which he actually owns and which he used. The expenses for renting a house, in which the Minister and his family actually lived, were undeclared in e-declaration for 2015. A year later, the Minister did not declare the permanent use of another country house and a land plot in 2016.

The NABU Detectives started the pre-trial investigation of the abovementioned facts in May 2017.

On September 13, 2018, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine was given a notice of suspicion for committing crimes under Part 3 Article 368-2 and Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Scheme in HQ: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nab_ukr/32161558337

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.