NABU and SAPO have completed an investigation into the beneficiary of a group of companies operating in Ukraine's road industry. He is suspected of providing an improper advantage to the Former Acting Head of the State Road Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor). On Sept. 22, 2021, the suspect and his defense were granted access to the case files. His actions fall under Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation has revealed that the suspect personally and via his intermediaries systematically provided improper advantage for the former Head of Ukravtodor to pay for the road works carried out by the company, agree on postponing the delivery of work and not to take measures to terminate the contractual relationship. According to the investigation, USD 575 thousand and EUR 70 thousand was transferred during 2017-2019.
NABU Detectives have been investigating the abovementioned facts since September 2019. After it became clear that the same facts were also being investigated by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of Poland, in November 2019, a joint investigation team was set up, which included NABU Detectives and SAPO Prosecutors as well as their Polish counterparts from the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau and the District Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw. The coordination of work of both parties was carried out by Eurojust.
In January 2021, the case files regarding the ex-top official who has Polish citizenship were sent to Poland for the pre-trial investigation to be completed.
It should be mentioned that in November 2020, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine signed an agreement with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Poland to continue the work of the joint investigation team established by the countries' anti-corruption agencies. This enabled the Detectives of the National Bureau and their Polish colleagues to obtain new evidence in the case.
Read more about the Ukravtodor case here.