The interaction of the state bodies in the assets search investigations helps to fortify the fight against corruption and resolves problems within the management of seized property. It was stressed by the Director of the Lviv Territorial Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Taras Lopushanskiy and the representatives of the West Interregional Territorial Department of the National Agency of Ukraine for finding, tracing and management of assets derived from corruption and other crimes (ARMA) at the meeting on July 3, 2020.
On May 29, 2020, the online voting for the new members of the Civil Oversight Council (COC) was held by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Its results are published on the official website of NABU, in accordance with the Regulations on the NABU Civil Oversight Council.
For six months of 2019, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) gave notices of suspicion to 84 persons. Indictments as of 76 people were sent to court. These figures indicate that the second half of 2019 was a period of intensification of NABU and SAPO work. It also indicates the transformation of the achievements of previous years into results.
The Draft Law No. 2237 regarding abolition of the parliamentary immunity will reduce the effectiveness of the investigation of crimes committed with the participation of existing Members of Parliament (MPs). The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the Draft Law on December 18, 2019. Some of adopted norms may lead to procedural problems at the beginning of the investigation and allow MPs to avoid responsibility.
Exposing corruption schemes requires constant interaction between law enforcement and the public. Therefore, effective communication between each other is extremely important. The meeting of representatives of the World Bank and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine with media in Odesa took place on September 27, 2019. The participants discussed the results and perspectives of the implementation of anti-corruption reform, the World Bank’s support in the fight against corruption in Ukraine, as well as the role of media in the combating corruption.
The NABU and the SAPO expect for restoration of criminal liability for illegal enrichment and returning to the National Bureau the authority to invalidate illegal agreements in court. Both tools have justified their effectiveness. This was stressed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the press conference on August 9, 2019.
Change of jurisdiction in the case of 20 million USD embezzlement of the Public Joint-Stock Company (PJSC) "State Savings Bank of Ukraine" is inadmissible and directly violates the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. Relevant decision on changing of jurisdiction for unknown reasons without reclamation of the criminal proceeding for a supervisory procedure, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine has taken on July 19, 2019. In order to bring the suspects to criminal liability, the NABU and the SAPO call on Yurii Lutsenko to transfer the case back to the NABU Detectives.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) support the proposed amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Establishment of the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC)" regarding the start of its work. The amendments propose to consolidate for the HACC consideration of cases investigated by the NABU Detectives and the SAPO Prosecutors only. We call on the Members of Parliament of Ukraine to vote for the initiative of the President of Ukraine and to adopt the relevant Law as soon as possible.
The Supreme Court of Ukraine upheld the decision on the invalidation of agreement on dredging works in ports of Ukraine for a total amount of 712 million UAH. The decision made on June 20, 2019. In details the Supreme Court decided to upheld the decision of Commercial Court of Kyiv to declare the agreement of the State Enterprise "Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority" (hereinafter – the SE "USPA") and the Limited Liability Company (LLC) "Tekhmorgidrostroy Mykolaiv" invalid.
The decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to deprive the National Bureau of the authority to invalidate illegal agreements in court protects the organizers of corruption schemes and actually legitimizes the embezzlement of funds of state enterprises during the procurement of goods, works and services at inflated prices. The Constitutional Court ruled on June 5, 2019, based on the lawsuit of the “Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant”.