For the first time within the investigations of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Office (SAPO) because of a violation by a suspect of the obligations imposed by the court, half of the bail in the amount of UAH 35 million paid by him was recovered to the State. The decision was made by the Court of Appeal of High Anti-Corruption Court on April 16, 2020, Court of Appeal of High Anti-Corruption Court reached the final decision.
The investigation revealed that the suspect - the organizer of the corruption scheme related to the illegal customs clearance of goods imported into Ukraine violated the legal requirements and did not pass the passport of foreign state.
Therefore, UAH 35 million of UAH 70 million that he paid as bail was confiscated to the budget. In addition, the court satisfied the Prosecutor's appeal to increase the amount of bail to UAH 76 million. The remaining amount of the bail in the amount of more than UAH 40 million has already been paid to the court account.
In November 2019, the NABU Detectives gave a notice of suspicion to the organizer of a criminal group, involved in the scheme of the illegal customs clearance of goods imported into Ukraine at lower prices.
This episode is one of a number of cases that NABU investigates in the field of customs clearance of goods with the involvement of the SFS and the Custom Services officials. In general, in the framework of these cases related to customs clearance the abuses of officials caused damages for about UAH 500 million.
As part of this investigation, the NABU Detectives initiated seizures of more than UAH 450 million in the accounts of companies involved in the scheme.
In November, 2017, the ultimate beneficiary of these companies offered an improper advantage in the amount of USD 800 thousand to the NABU employee for termination of a pre-trial investigation of criminal proceeding. NABU exposed this person.
Indictment as of him was sent to Pechersky District Court of Kyiv.
The NABU Detectives started a pre-trial investigation as of these facts in October 2017.
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.