Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw has brought new charges against ex-head of Ukravtodor (Ukraine’s State Road Service) Slawomir Nowak, Polish citizen. He is charged with taking bribes in the amount of 315,000 euros during the implementation of public orders for the construction of roads in Ukraine. PAP news agency reported it.
“Today the prosecutor announced a modified corruption charge to Slawomir N. It includes receiving additional material benefits in the amount of 315,000 euros for supporting the company in the process of obtaining and executing public orders related to the construction and repair of roads in Ukraine,” said Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, a representative of the prosecutor’s office.
According to her, the accusation concerns the period when Novak acted as head of Ukravtodor.
Novak, in turn, denied the charges and refused to testify.
In 2011 to 2013, Slawomir Nowak served as Minister of Transport, Construction, and Marine Economy of Poland. From October 2016 to September 2019, he headed Ukravtodor.
In July 2020, the Polish prosecutor's office charged Slawomir Novak with organizing a criminal group, extortion, and corruption. Subsequently, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) also conveyed to the Polish law enforcement agencies the suspicions of the Ukrainian side regarding the ex-head of Ukravtodor. Anti-corruption officials recorded three episodes that may indicate the possible bribes.
A Warsaw court has taken into custody Slawomir Nowak and two of his accomplices on suspicion of corruption, the leadership of an organized criminal group, and money laundering. In October 2020, the Warsaw District Court extended the term for the preliminary arrest of the ex-head of Ukravtodor.
In January 2021, the Ukrainian prosecutor's office sent new suspicions against Slawomir Nowak to Poland. He is charged with deliberate failure to comply with the judgment and court order and obstruction of their implementation. He faces 3-8 years of Imprisonment. Then, in January, the Polish court continued the temporary arrest of the ex-head of Ukravtodor until April 16. In April, the district court in Warsaw rejected the prosecutor's motion to extend the temporary arrest of Slawomir Nowak for another three months.