The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) have completed the pre-trial investigation into an attempt to give USD 800 thousand of improper advantage to the Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU). On February 26, 2020, an indictment regarding the person who offered the improper advantage was sent to court. His actions fall under Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
During January 2021, the High Anti-Corruption Court Appeals Chamber upheld three judgements of conviction in the NABU and SAPO cases. Oleksandr Mefodii, a member of the Kyiv Regional Council of the VII convocation, was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison, Vitaliy Kuts, Head of the Trebukhivska Village Council of the Brovary District, was sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment, and PGO Prosecutor Oleksandr Matiushko, who offered a bribe to get enrolled in NABU, got 2 years in jail.
In 2020, the amount of damages reimbursed within the NABU and SAPO criminal proceedings exceeded UAH 1.14 billion. The total economic effect brought by the activities of anti-corruption agencies exceeded UAH 1.9 billion by the end of the year. In addition to direct refunding, it covers preventing the commission of corruption crimes, collecting bail from suspects who violated their duties, and other transfers to the budget.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office launched 386 criminal proceedings, served 76 persons with notices of suspicion, filed 35 indictments regarding 56 persons, and refunded more than UAH 370 million. These are the results of work of Ukraine's anti-corruption agencies for the second half of 2020 that were reported by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and the SAPO Acting Head Maksym Hryshchuk at the briefing on February 10, 2021.
On December 23, 2020, the Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko transferred the criminal proceeding as of the Deputy Head of the Presidential Office from the National Bureau to the Security Service of Ukraine. The decision was made secretly, without consultations with NABU and SAPO late at night: the note to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations was entered at 11:42 p.m.
The NABU Detectives have started pre-trial investigations as of 38 cases. 4 persons were given notices of suspicion of committing corruption crimes. Indictments as of 18 persons within 9 cases were sent to court. These are the results of the NABU activities as of November 2020.
On December 8, 2020, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) exposed the official of the Mykolayivoblenerho PJSC (70% state-owned) on attemp to give an improper advantage to the Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU). On December 9, 2020, he was given a notice of suspicion.
The former Member of Parliament of Ukraine (MP), involved in misappropriation of the National Guard, refunded UAH 50 million to the state budget. The total amount of losses caused by the crime amounts UAH 81.64 million. In addition, the suspects' property was seized for more than 300 million. NABU and SAPO proved in court the facts of violations by a suspect of the obligations imposed by the court. The half of the bail in the amount of UAH 30 million paid by him was recovered to the State.
In the evening of December 1, 2020, the Prosecutor General secretly changed the prosecutors in the criminal proceeding as of the fact of giving improper advantage for unreliable written opinion of a forensic expert in the case of the misappropriation of UAH 81 mln of the National Guard of Ukraine. The Prosecutor General acted in the absence of any legal grounds, contrary to the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine without both notifying the prosecutors and studying the materials of the criminal proceedings.
NABU and SAPO completed a pre-trial investigation as of three persons, who tried to give an improper advantage to the NABU official and the SAPO Head. On December 1, 2020, the suspects and the defense had been granted with access to criminal proceeding for review.