On August 8, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) detained six persons in terms of the pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the facts of public funds embezzlement. The funds were allocated for the engineering and set up of the Ukrainian-Russian State Border, territories adjacent to the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone and to Autonomous Republic of Crimea (also known as Ukrainian Wall or European Wall).
The abovementioned persons were detained according to Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine on suspicion of committing crimes under Part 5 Article 191, Part 2 Article 210 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Among the suspects there are officials of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and contractor companies. On August 9, 2017, the suspects were given notices of suspicion. During August 10-11, 2017, the Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv chose a preventive measure for seven suspects in a form of temporary custody with alternative bail.
As of now the NABU Detectives and the prosecutors of the SAPO are conducting investigative actions (searches) in Kyiv, Kyiv Region, Chernihiv and Kharkiv.
Currently the assessment of the collected evidence is being conducted and the issue of the detention of other persons is being resolved.
It should be reminded that the NABU has been conducting the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of public funds embezzlement of the realization of the so-called Ukrainian Wall Project since March 2016. The crimes are previously qualified under Part 5 Article 191, Part 2 Article 364, Part 2 Article 366 and Part 2 Article 210 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The investigation revealed that the corruption scheme caused more than 16 million UAH losses to the State.
Within the pre-trial investigation, the NABU Detectives initiated a series of forensic examinations.
The investigation is in process.