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Martynenko's case transferred to Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court

Source : 112 Ukraine

He is suspected of embezzling 2.8 million euros
14:42, 20 December 2019

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The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has transferred the case of Ukrainian ex-MP Mykola Martynenko, who is suspected of embezzling 2.8 million euros, to the Federal Criminal Court. This was reported by the OAG's Communications Service.

The case in Switzerland is related to the proceedings of Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, which is currently being considered by the Anti-Corruption Court.

According to the investigation, as a people's deputy and Chairman of Parliament’s energy committee, Martynenko and his associates  “were securing victories” for the Czech company Skoda J.S. at the tenders of the state-owned enterprise NNEGC "Energoatom" for the purchase of equipment during 2008-2012.

Related: Kyiv court appoints appeal in Martynenko case on August 1

In return for the "victories", the Czechs provided a kickback of 15-20% from the cost of purchased equipment, which was transferred to the accounts of Panamanian company Bradcrest. According to the police, Martynenko is considered to be a beneficiary of this company.

The case in Switzerland concerns these kickbacks from Skoda J.S. and aggravated money laundering regarding the purchase of equipment.

After all, Bradcrest's accounts are opened in Swiss banks. Martynenko could face up to 5 years in prison there, as well as significant penalties.

As we reported earlier, on April 22, 2018, Solomyanskyi District Court of Kyiv applied a preventive measure against Martynenko in the form of personal security. 18 MPs interceded for him.  

Ex-MP was imposed to inform on the change of residence, report to calls for conducting investigations and refrain from talking to a number of individuals recorded in suspicion files, and to sit his passport. The last demand was omitted on December 6. 

Related: Ukroboronprom embezzles over $6 million in purchases

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