On December 30, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) exposed and detained a Head of one of the research institutions and his accomplice. The abovementioned people were detained immediately after receiving 300 thousand USD improper advantage.
The investigation revealed that the Head of the research institution upon prior conspiracy with another person demanded 500 thousand USD of improper advantage for the alleged further transfer to the executives of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine.
The amount was offered for implementation of the joint agreement between the abovementioned research institution and a business entity.
On December 31, 2017, the detained persons were given notices of suspicion for allegedly committing a crime under Part 2 Article 28, Part 3 Article 369-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On January 1, 2017, the court chose a preventive measure in a form of 60 days’ temporary custody with 3 million UAH alternative bail for the Head of the research institution and in a form of 60 days’ temporary custody with 1 million UAH alternative bail for his accomplice.
The NABU Detectives entered the criminal proceeding into the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations in the end of December 2017.
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.