The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) completed a pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the facts of receiving an improper advantage by the Deputy Head of the District Court of Kharkiv. On November 18, 2020, the suspect and the defense had been granted with access to criminal proceeding for review. His actions are qualified under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that the judge demanded an improper advantage for decision-making on returning more than USD 30 thousand to the accused person.
The NABU Detectives started a pre-trial investigation as of these facts in January 2020.
On May 27, 2020, the abovementioned judge was exposed on receiving USD 4 thousand of improper advantage within joint operation of NABU, the Security Service of Ukraine and SAPO. On May 28, 2020, he was given a notice of suspicion.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.