On April 16, 2022, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) exposed officers of the Security Service and the National Police in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
According to the investigation, a senior operations officer of the Security Service in Ivano-Frankivsk region and one of the officers of the investigative department of the National Police demanded and received an undue benefit from a person charged with illegal storage and sale of drugs. In particular, they promised to influence judges to get the restraint measure changed, asking USD 9,000. Another proposal concerned a possible change of investigative jurisdiction in the case and was "estimated" at USD 15,000. They were finally caught red-handed taking USD 10,000.
NABU and SAPO established that in order to artificially create legal grounds for the change of the restraint measure, the suspect had to plant the psychotropic substance, amphetamine, in the house of his accomplice, which would have resulted in his illegal bringing to criminal responsibility.
The malefactors will soon be notified of suspicion.
NABU and SAPO are also checking the possible involvement of the exposed law enforcement officers in other crimes, including drug trafficking.
The operation was carried out with the assistance of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the National Police of Ukraine.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered not-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.