Details of the NABU and the SAPO exposing and investigating the corrupt scheme of public funds embezzlement during purchase of backpacks for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (MIA)
All criminal proceedings investigated by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have one thing in common: they relate to top-level officials that were previously immune. As the result of this all of the Bureau’s cases are surrounded with speculations. This was stressed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the hearings of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction, held on November 3, 2017. "Recently, the attention of the public has been focused on the investigation of the so-called "backpacks’ case". The actions of the NABU were criticized due to alleged illegality of the evidence. Therefore, I want to say that the video, which became public and was passed to the NABU for examination, is valid and admissible evidence in this case. But it is not the only evidence," emphasized Artem Sytnyk.
On October 31, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) conducted a number of searches. As the result, three persons were detained on suspicion of 14 million UAH public funds embezzlement – the former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (MIA), a representative of the winning company-supplier of tactical backpacks for the MIA and one more person.