The Supreme Court of Ukraine upheld the decision on the invalidation of agreement on dredging works in ports of Ukraine for a total amount of 712 million UAH. The decision made on June 20, 2019. In details the Supreme Court decided to upheld the decision of Commercial Court of Kyiv to declare the agreement of the State Enterprise "Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority" (hereinafter – the SE "USPA") and the Limited Liability Company (LLC) "Tekhmorgidrostroy Mykolaiv" invalid.
Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority
The agreement between the State Enterprise «Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority» (hereinafter – SE USPA) and the Limited Liability Company (LLC) «Tekhnmorgidrostroy Mykolaiv» on dredging works in ports of Ukraine for a total amount of 290 million UAH was declared invalid. The Commercial Court of Kyiv made the decision on January 24, 2019. Thus, the court completely satisfied the lawsuit filed by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in August 2018 in order to protect the state interests.
On Sept. 20-24, 2018, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office filed an indictment against 7 persons charged with embezzling SE "Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority" UAH 247 million.
On January 29-30, 2018, 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) gave notices of suspicion to 8 persons as of 247 million UAH public funds embezzlement of the State Enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (SE USPA).
More than 20 million UAH was returned to the State budget according to the court decision of the Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv. The funds were confiscated as a result of the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of the abuse of the officials of the State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine (now PJSC “Ukrzaliznytsia”). One of the suspects provided the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) with valuable data and signed plea bargain agreement which was followed by the court decision. According to the decision, the funds were confiscated in the amount that fully compensates the damage caused by the corruption scheme to the State Enterprise (SE).