The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) completed a pre-trial investigation as of two persons involved in public funds embezzlement of the State Enterprise (SE) National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (NNEGC) «Energoatom». On November 16, 2018, the defense was granted with access to the materials of the criminal proceedings for review.
The investigation revealed that the suspects acted as representatives of the company «Bradcrest investment S.A.» (Panama), involved in the scheme of the purchase of equipment at high prices by the SE. On the accounts of the abovementioned company the winner of the tender — the Czech company «Škoda JS» (the actual owner - Russian Joint-Stock Company «United machine-building plants») transferred 6.4 million EUR for allegedly providing consulting services. Then the NABU Detectives found that this amount is equivalent to the amount which was overpaid for equipment supplied by the SE «Energoatom». The owner (beneficiary) of «Bradcrest investment S.A.» is the ex-Member of Parliament (MP) of Ukraine (also known as the Head of Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Fuel and Energy Complex), who already has the status of accused.
One of the suspects representing «Bradcrest investment S.A.» agreed with representatives of «Škoda JS» on the amount of payment for «consulting services» and made the necessary documents for this. The funds were transferred to the accounts of «Bradcrest investment S.A.» (accounts were opened in Swiss banks by another representative of the company).
The abovementioned suspects were in the wanted list for a certain time. One of them was detained in February, another one - in October 2018. Both persons were given notices of suspicion for committing crimes under Part 5 of Article 27, Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
It should be reminded that the NABU Detectives started the pre-trial investigation as of the fact of 6.4 million EUR funds embezzlement of the SE NNRGC «Energoatom» in December 2015. The proceeding was joined with the investigation as of the facts of 17.28 million USD funds embezzlement of the SE «Eastern Mining and Processing Plant» in November 2017. The investigation revealed that the organizer of the schemes was the ex-MP.
In May 2018 the indictment as of him and as of 5 persons was sent to court.
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.