SAP accuses NABU of intentional prolonging of Ukroboronprom investigation

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Bureau reminded of the criminal proceeding opened due to embezzlement of state funds at Kyiv and Zhytomyr plants
12:36, 3 April 2019

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The Specialized Anti-Corruption Bureau (SAP) accuses National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) of the intentional prolonging of the investigation of embezzlement in the defence sector, as SAP press office reported on Facebook.

“During the pre-trial investigation, SAP has found cases of violation of the law by NABU within the investigation of such criminal proceedings,” the message says.

In March 2016, the investigators of the Bureau opened a probe against Optimumspetsdetal company on grounds of fake supply of spare parts and components to Kharkiv armor plant for around $2,1 million.

Related: Ukroboronprom defense concern management should take polygraph, - Poroshenko

“At first, the investigation was moving rather fast, but starting from September 2016 it has slowed down… Since June 2017, the case was left without an appropriate investigation after the investigator was fired,” SAP informed.

According to the organization, some other criminal proceedings conducted by NABU require more attention.

In particular, the criminal proceeding opened due to embezzlement of state funds at Kyiv and Zhytomyr plants.

February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

Related: Poroshenko orders to conduct public audit of Ukroboronprom before April 16

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov and Andriy Rogoza were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

On March 4, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from his post. he replaced his close associate with Maksym Kryvonos, one of the presidential nominees, who withdrew his candidacy in favor of Poroshenko and was soon appointed NSDC high-ranker.

As it was reported earlier, the investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained the acting and former directors of the State Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million, according to NABU.

Related: Ukroboronprom asks not to make defense industry topic 'political'

According to the investigation, Poroshenko's enterprise Kuznia na Rybalskomu was one of the straw companies, which participated in the embezzlement.

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