On March 5, 2020, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) gave notices of suspicion to four persons. They are suspected of committing crimes as of causing UAH 93 million damages to Odesa Port Plant (OPP, 99.57 % state-owned).
Among suspects there are:
- close person to the Member of Parliament (MP) of VIII convocation, organizer of a scheme;
- deputy Director of the OPP;
- head of the Unit of the OPP;
- owner of a non-resident company involved in the corruption scheme.
The actions of the suspects are qualified under Part 2 Article 28, Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The officials of the OPP were detained. The location of two other suspects has not been determined. The notices of suspicion were served in accordance with Article 135, Article 278 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.
Other persons involved in the commission of a crime are being established.
The investigation revealed that abovementioned close person to the Member of Parliament (MP) organized a scheme according to which the OPP sold mineral fertilizers to a predetermined company at low prices.
Then, the company resold mineral fertilizers to foreign companies at competitive prices. However, the goods were supplied to these companies by the OPP.
The scheme operated during March-December 2015. The OPP officials were involved in its implementation. As a result, the OPP suffered losses in the amount exceeding UAH 93.3 million.
NABU Detectives started a pre-trial investigation as of the abovementioned facts in October 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.