The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) have completed the investigation into incitement to provide an undue advantage to officials of the Prosecutor's General Office and fraud. On June 29, 2022, the case file was disclosed to the defense for review.
The suspects are:
- the head of a PGO department;
- the deputy head of a PGO department;
- an intermediary.
The investigation has established that the deputy head of a PGO department, acting in collusion with his boss, offered a businessman to ensure the termination of the criminal prosecution carried out by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine under the PGO's procedural guidance and the return of his assets seized during searches (computer equipment and luxury cars).
Such "services" were estimated at USD 100 thousand. The funds were allegedly to be transferred to the PGO leadership. Later, the PGO official raised the sum of the undue advantage to USD 150 thousand.
In January 2022, NABU notified the PGO department deputy head and the intermediary of suspicion. During searches of the suspects' workplaces, NABU detectives found large amounts of cash. Later, the PGO department head was also notified of suspicion.
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.