The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) have completed the investigation into an MP suspected of bribing police officers. On Sept. 28, 2022, the case file was disclosed to the defense for perusal. The actions of the lawmaker fall under Part 1 Art. 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
According to the investigation, in August 2021, the MP offered an undue advantage to police officers, asking them to let him leave a road accident scene. The suspect estimated the loyalty of the officers at 150,000. Although he did not specify the currency, the very fact of such a proposal, regardless of the amount offered, is a punishable corruption crime.
The investigation into the mentioned fact was started on Feb. 2, 2022 by the Prosecutor General based on the materials of an Ukrainska Pravda journalistic investigation. This early September, NABU and SAPO notified the MP 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.