On April 7, 2021, notices of suspicion were served to two lawyers who had been exposed the day before receiving an improper advantage in the amount of USD 100 thousand for its further transfer to judges of the Kyiv District Administrative Court. Their actions fall under Part 4 Article 27, Part 3 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that the suspects (one of them is a close relative of the KDAC Head who in his turn is a suspect in another high-profile case) promised to secure a positive decision in a case considered by a KDAC judge through the KDAC Chairman. On April 6, 2021, the NABU Detectives and the SAPO Prosecutors exposed the lawyers red-handed.
During a search at the lawyers' place, items resembling antiques and documents addressed to the KDAC Chairman and his close relative were discovered. Besides, a large amount of foreign cash - over USD 3.7 million, EUR 840 thousand, GBP 20 thousand, UAH 230 thousand, and 100 new shekels - was found.
The court is now to decide on restraint measures for the suspects.
The NABU Detectives have been investigating the abovementioned facts since January 2021.
As reported, NABU exposed a criminal organization led by the KDAC Chairman aiming at seizing power by establishing control over the High Qualification Commission of Judges, the High Council of Justice.
The NABU Detectives have established that the organization made decisions in its own interests, as well as in the interests of political elites and business circles. The probe into these facts has recently been completed and the case materials have been disclosed for review.
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.