The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) have completed the pre-trial investigation into an attempt to give USD 800 thousand of improper advantage to the Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU). On February 26, 2020, an indictment regarding the person who offered the improper advantage was sent to court. His actions fall under Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation has revealed that the suspect planned to split the improper advantage into three tranches:
- USD 200 thousand – for prolonging an agreement between a private enterprise and a joint-stock company partially owned by the state and managed by the SPFU;
- USD 500 thousand – for appointing him to the position of the Head of this joint-stock company;
- USD 100 thousand – for appointing him to the position of the Head of another joint-stock company partially owned by the state and managed by the SPFU.
On July 9, 2020, the NABU Detectives detained the man red-handed after transferring the first part of the bribe in the amount of USD 200 thousand. On July 10, 2020, he was given a notice of suspicion. On November 30, 2020, the suspect and his defense were granted access to the case materials.
The pre-trial investigation into the abovementioned facts started in June 2020.
NABU and SAPO have so far exposed three attempts to bribe the SPFU Head. The indictment regarding two persons exposed on giving a part of a USD 5 million of improper advantage to the Head of the SPFU has been sent to court. In December 2020, NABU and SAPO exposed an ex-official of the Mykolayivoblenerho PJSC (70% state-owned) who attempted to bribe the SPFU head with USD 100 thousand to secure his appointment to the Head of the mentioned PJSC. The investigation into this episode continues.
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.