On October 16, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) detained the actual owner of a private enterprise on suspicion of public funds embezzlement during the purchase of fuel for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that the detainee upon prior conspiracy with officials of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine committed a crime, which resulted in 149 million UAH damage to the State. He was given a notice of suspicion for committing a crime under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine («Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by abuse of official position»).
It should be reminded that on October 11, 2017, the NABU and the SAPO gave notices of suspicion to 4 officials of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, including the Deputy Minister.
The NABU Detectives started the pre-trial investigation of the abovementioned facts in September 2016.
According to Part 1 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.