On Nov. 30, 2021, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) notified the former head of a department of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine of suspicion of embezzling almost UAH 51 million while purchasing equipment for court hearings and videoconferencing. His accomplice, the head of a company that supplied the equipment, has also been prosecuted.
The actions of both suspects fall under Part 5 Art. 191 of the Criminal code of Ukraine.
As established, in 2016-2018, the ex-official and the head of a private company organized the purchase of equipment for the SJA needs, which by its technical characteristics did not meet the information protection requirements mandatory for recording court hearings. An examination has also revealed an overstatement of the delivery price. According to expert reports, the SJA illegally overpaid about UAH 51 million for the delivered equipment.
The court will soon impose pretrial restrictions on the suspects.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered non-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.