The lack of final court decisions is one of the main obstacles to the return of assets obtained by criminal means from abroad. This problem is relevant not only for Ukraine. Representatives of anti-corruption bodies identified the most serious challenges during the II International Expert Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 7-9, 2019.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (hereinafter — NABU) completed the investigation as of the facts of misappropriation of more than 1.75 mln UAH of the Regional Municipal Enterprise (RME) “Mykolaivoblteploenergo”. Former Acting Director of the RME “Mykolaivoblteploenergo”, who is suspected of committing the crime, had been granted with access to the documents of the pre-trial investigation on May 8, 2019, before making an indictment and sending it to the court.
As of the end of April 2019, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) brought 490 persons to criminal liability. Among them, there are 165 suspects and 325 accused persons of committing criminal corruption offenses under the NABU jurisdiction.
The investigation of the case as of the facts of receiving 50 thousand USD of improper advantage by three employees of the Main Department of the National Police in Kyiv was completed. The indictment as of them was sent to the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv on May 3, 2019.
Internal Control Department (hereinafter – ICD) of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine has completed investigation as of the facts of alleged misdeeds of NABU employees contained in the correspondence aired in TV program BIHUS.INFO. The results of the investigation were communicated to the Disciplinary Commission, which will decide on the occurrence of disciplinary offence in the actions of NABU employees.
On April 19, 2019, the indictment as of the representative of the international Grain Trader involved in causing losses to the PJSC “State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine” (SFGCU) in the amount of more than 60 million USD (more than 1.6 billion UAH) was sent to Pechersky District Court of Kyiv. The person is accused of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 27, Part 3 Article 369, Part 5 Article 27, Part 4 Article 190, and Part 3 Article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On April 15, 2019, the Head of the Board of PrJSC “Energomerezha Holding Company”, suspected of causing 346 million UAH damage to the state, was extradited from Germany to Ukraine. The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) detained him at the Boryspil International Airport. On April 17, 2019, Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv chose for him a preventive measure in form of temporary custody with 7.01 million alternative bail.
The trials haven’t started yet regarding 47 out of 192 cases*, in which the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed the pre-trial investigations, and the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) sent indictments or motions for the relief from criminal liability to courts.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) investigate 724 criminal proceedings; 158 persons were given notices of suspicion of committing crimes (as of March 31, 2019).