On Oct. 28, 2021, the High Anti-Corruption Court approved a plea deal, sentencing the former head of a branch of JSC "State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine" to 3.5 years in prison. The sentenced has also been stripped of the right to hold certain posts for 3 years and must pay a fine. This is for the first time in HACC's history, when a person has got a real prison term after a plea deal and not a suspended sentence.
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At the request of NABU and SAPO, the High Anti-Corruption Court has seized UAH 674 million from the account of the State Treasury, intended to reimburse VAT to companies involved in a corruption scheme. The ruling was sent to the Main Department of the State Treasury Service of Ukraine in Odesa Region on March 1, 2021.
The two key challenges in the process of selection of the judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court (hereinafter - the HAC) are to ensure participation in the competitive selection of the maximum number of transparent and principled professionals and to create conditions under which they will be able to make legal decisions without interference with their activity. This was emphasized by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk at the expert discussion "Competition to the High Anti-Corruption Court. Quo vadis? ", which took place on September 5, 2018, in Kyiv.