On June 17, 2020, the indictment as of two persons exposed on giving a part of improper advantage of USD 5 million to the Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU) was sent to court. The prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office entered into a plea agreement with the third participant in the crime. On May 28, 2020, the judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court approved the agreement.
The actions of the suspects are qualified under Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that suspects proposed USD 5 million of improper advantage to the Head of the SPFU for the appointment of a pre-determined person on position of a director of “Odesa Port Plant” (99.5% state-owned). According to the plan, the appointed Head allegedly supposed to promote cooperation between the plant and certain private companies affiliated with the participants of the corruption crime. The suspects planned to provide bribes in parts within a year from the moment of reaching the agreements. NABU Detectives exposed them on giving first part of the funds in the amount of USD 50 thousand.
During the investigation, the NABU Detectives identified other facts of illegal actions of the suspects including those related to the offer of providing improper advantage for assisting in establishing a concession from the ownership of a number of thermal power plants.
The NABU Detectives started a pre-trial investigation as of the abovementioned facts in November 2019 based on an application filed by the SPFU Head.
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.