On March 3, 2021, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office disclosed the materials of the criminal proceedings into the receipt of illegal benefit by an MP and his accomplice.
As reported, in September 2020, NABU and SAPO notified an incumbent Verkhovna Rada MP of suspicion of receiving illegal benefit while abusing his legal authorities (Part 4 Article 368, Part 4 Article 27, Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The notice of suspicion was drawn up and signed by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
According to the investigation, the MP demanded via an intermediary USD 13,000 for proposing amendments to the draft Law of Ukraine "On Waste Management" and USD 200 thousand for bribing other MPs - members of the relevant Verkhovna Rada Committee.
In early August 2020, an undercover Detective handed over the first tranche of the bribe to the intermediary. On August 26-27, the perpetrators planned to receive other tranches. However, the National Bureau could no longer proceed with the secret operation as the MP and the intermediary had been informed about being recorded: they subsequently changed their phone numbers and mobile terminals.
The pre-trial investigation into the above facts was launched in August 2020.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered not-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.