Pre-trial investigation of the so-called «amber case» is completed

20.02.2018 00:00

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) completed a pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the facts of receiving an improper advantage for the assistance to a foreign company in the realization of amber mining in Ukraine (the so-called «amber case»). 

On February 15, 2018, 6 suspects (including 2 Members of Parliament) and the defense had been granted access to the documents of the pre-trial investigation.

In particular, the actions of persons are qualified under the following Articles:

- a Member of Parliament (MP) (also known as the Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Financial Policy and Banking Activity) is suspected of committing a crime under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official who occupies a responsible position);

- a MP (also known as the Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship) is suspected of committing a crime under Part 4 Article 368 and Part 2 Article 369-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official who occupies a responsible position);

- an assistant of the MP (the investigation revealed that the person acted as accomplice) is suspected of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 27, Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official who occupies a responsible position);

- a representative of Inter-Fragmental Deputy Association of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine «Parliamentary Control» and his 2 accomplices are suspected of committing a crime under Part 2 Article 28, Part 2 Article 369-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official or a third person for the influence on the decision of the person authorized to perform the functions of the State or an offer, promise for making an influence for receiving such advantage).

It should be reminded that on June 19, 2017, the NABU Detectives detained a number of persons involved in demanding and receiving improper advantage for the assistance to a foreign company in the realization of amber mining in Ukraine. The investigators supposed that the crime was committed with the participation of the two MPs.

On July 11, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine gave a permission to bring to criminal liability MPs involved in the "amber case".

The investigation revealed at least five episodes of the criminal activity. The suspects allegedly received an improper advantage in the amount of more than 300 thousand USD from the representative of a foreign company.

The funds were used to prepare Draft Laws, to make an unlawful influence on officials of the State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre, the State Forestry Agency, the State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine, local self-government bodies, the courts and the Prosecutor's offices with the aim of unrestricted decision-making in favor of the abovementioned foreign company.

According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.