The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have completed the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of submitting false data to e-declarations of 2015 and 2016 by Odesa City Mayor. His actions are qualified under Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. On May 3, 2019, suspect and defence had been granted with access to the materials of the investigation. Then the indictment will be drawn up and sent to court.
The investigation revealed that Odesa City Mayor did not submit in the e-declaration data on the property and income owned by his cohabitant. The suspect was officially married with her since 1985 until 1997, has two children in common, one of whom was born in 2000, that is after the official divorce.
Odesa City Mayor undeclared an apartment, two parking lots, a boathouse, a country house, non-residential real estate, two cars, shares in a number of business entities, interest on deposits in banks. In total, in the declaration of 2015, the official did not submit a worth in the total amount of 32.48 million UAH, and in the 2016 declaration — 18.81 million UAH. The size of the undeclared worth is determined based on examinations conducted as a part of pre-trial investigation.
Investigation of these facts the NABU Detectives started in November 2017. On March 11, 2019, Odesa City Mayor was given a notice of suspicion. At the same time, it should be noted that during the pre-trial investigation, the NABU Detectives also established the facts of illegal enrichment of Odesa City Mayor in the amount for more than 3 million GBP. However, due to the decision of the Constitutional Court, the case was terminated.
It should be reminded that Odesa City Mayor is being prosecuted for the second time: for the first episode, he is already accused of embezzlement of 185 million UAH from Odesa City budget during purchasing of the buildings of the former SE “Krayan Plant”. The NABU Detectives collected evidence that this purchase was made at inflated prices. The pre-trial investigation of this episode has been completed, and the case is being under trial in the Malinovsky District Court of Odesa.
More information on the abuse of Odesa City Mayor in the investigations of the NABU: https://nabu.gov.ua/en/tags/odesa-city-mayor
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.