NABU detained a GPO official for abuse of office

22.09.2016 23:44

On Thursday, September 22, 2016 the detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine detained the chief investigator for high-profile cases of the Department of investigation of high-profile economic cases of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine (GPO) on suspicion of property conversion by abuse of official post (Article 191 Part 3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The corresponding investigation was started on September 1, 2016 by the NABU detectives under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors.

The investigation revealed that the detained GPO official neglected the requirements of the Article 216 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (regarding the investigative jurisdiction) and was conducting investigation of the improper advantage taken by the chairman of a village council in Cherkasy region. The latter is suspected of taking a nearly 5 million UAH bribe.

While conducting a search, the GPO investigator, abusing his official post, seized the significant amount of fuel coupons, which belonged to the village council. Later on the GPO investigator was constantly using the coupons for filling up his personal car and the car of his wife.

If found guilty, the detainee may face imprisonment from 3 to 6 years with disqualification to hold certain positions or to be engaged in certain activities for up to three years.

The investigation is in progress.