On Aug. 11, 2021, the case of a former Security Service senior investigator in Odesa region, who extorted and accepted a USD 80 thousand bribe, was referred to court. The actions of the suspect fall under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As established, the ex-SBU officer, being in charge of criminal proceedings regarding a US citizen, demanded and received from the latter an improper advantage in a particularly large amount. In return, he promised to help relieve the measure of restraint, lift the seizure of property and bank accounts of the foreigner.
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.