On December 13, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) gave a notice of suspicion to one of the judges of the High Administrative Court of Ukraine for allegedly committing a crime under Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Submitting false information to e-declaration). The notice of suspicion was signed by the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine – Head of the SAPO Nazar Kholodnytsky.
The investigation revealed that the judge of the High Administrative Court of Ukraine submitted the false data to annual e-declarations for the years 2015 and 2016. The judge did not submit any data on real estate (namely 2 apartments in the center of Kyiv), the owners of which are members of his family. According to Clause 2, Part 1, Article 46 of the Law of Ukraine «On Prevention of Corruption» the abovementioned data should be submitted by the judge to his annual declarations.
According to the NABU Detectives the judge acted with aim to conceal his and his family members’ real estate from the relevant state bodies and the public. Also the judge wanted to get a court order for obtaining an apartment in Kyiv as a state worker.
In April 2017 based on their personal research, as long as on citizens’ applications and publications in media, the NABU Detectives started a pre-trial investigation as of the abovementioned facts.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of a crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.