The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) completed the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of embezzlement of natural gas of National Joint-Stock Company (NJSC) Naftogaz of Ukraine, which exceeds UAH 729.8 million. On October 7, 2020, five suspects and the defense had been granted with access to criminal proceeding for review.
The pre-trial investigation as of the facts of causing UAH 131 million damages to the territorial community of Odesa was completed. On October 7, 2020, six suspects and their defense had been granted with access to investigation materials for review.
The work of anti-corruption agencies interferes with a corrupt system. The representatives of the system notice that the real results in fighting against top corruption and cannot accept the fact that they will have to take responsibility for their actions. This was stated by the participants of the public discussion ‘Who is interfered with independent anti-corruption agencies?’ The event was held on September 23, 2020, by the Civil Oversight Council at NABU.
The National Bureau try to be at the forefront of the development and implementation of innovations in criminal justice, so we expect the launch of the eCase Management System in the nearest future. This was stated by Gizo Uglava, the First Deputy Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, at the conference “JustConf Ukraine”, which took place on September 24, 2020.
On September 22, 2020, the official of the Kharkiv District Administrative Court, exposed on the giving an improper advantage, received a notice of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 3 of Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Proposal, promise or provision of improper advantage to an official”).
NABU believes that the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, which recognized certain provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine" as not in line with the Constitution of Ukraine, is attempt to block the fight against political corruption and stop cleansing of the judiciary in the state.
On September 18, 2020, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) gave a notice of suspicion to the former Head of one of the units of the Logistics Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine of abuse of office, which caused almost UAH 1.8 mln damages to the State. His actions are qualified under Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On September 17, 2020, NABU under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of SAPO gave a notice of suspicion to the acting Member of Parliament of Ukraine (also known as the Member of the Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services). He is suspected of receiving an improper advantage and using of legitimate powers and responsibilities (Part 4 Article 368 and Part 4 Article 27 Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The Prosecutor General signed a notice of suspicion.
The NABU Detectives have started pre-trial investigations as of 52 cases. 13 persons were given notices of suspicion of committing corruption crimes. Indictments as of 11 persons were sent to court. These are the results of the NABU and SAPO activities as of August 2020.
The investigation as of the facts of causing damages in the amount of UAH 9.3 million to the territorial community of Kyiv was completed. On September 16, 2020, the indictment as of Former Main Architect of Kyiv and the Director General of the developer company was sent to court. The abovementioned persons are accused of committing a crime under Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Within the investigation of a corruption scheme of receiving an improper advantage for the abuse of office by the Member of Parliament (MP), NABU and SAPO sent a draft notice of suspicion as of the acting MP to the Prosecutor General. However, as of September 15, 2020, the letters remained unanswered, which makes it impossible to bring to justice all the participants in the crime.
It should have been a good case. Evidence of a crime, billions of dollars in public losses and an oligarch-owned corporation allegedly controlling state bodies like marionettes. But for all of the new government’s reformist posturing, it refuses to cut the strings,- more about the case in the article KyivPost.