NABU completes investigation against Odesa Mayor Trukhanov

Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed a pre-trial investigation into the possible embezzlement of public funds during purchase of Kraian plant buildings by the Odesa City Council.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the NABU press service.

In Q2 2018, as noted by the agency on Thursday, 27 persons were charged with corruption offenses, investigation of which is in the competence of the NABU. Similar number of persons was indicted; investigation of 15 criminal cases was completed within the specified period.

Namely, the NABU detectives completed a pre-trial investigation against seven individuals including Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov, who were charged with misappropriation of public funds in the course of transaction to purchase Kraian plant buildings.

In June, the members of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutors Office of Ukraine (SAP) referred to court for consideration on the merits the indictments against the judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine, who is charged with submitting false information (article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), and against the deputy prosecutor of the Vinnytsia region and two intermediaries who committed offense constituting a crime punished under part 2 of article 369-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (undue influence).

On Feb. 13, 2018, detectives of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) served charge papers to Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov and three officials of the mayor's office in absentia.

The investigators believe all the aforementioned persons were involved in embezzlement scheme. In September 2016, the Odesa City Council purchased a building, which used to be a part of asset package of the state-owned Kraian plant, for 185 million hryvnia from a private firm which purchased the entire asset package for 11.5 million hryvnia at an auction organized by the receiver of the state enterprise in early 2016.

Trukhanov was reportedly detained at Boryspil airport on Feb. 14.

The prosecutors requested the court to place Trukhanov in pre-trial custody with an option to post 50 million hryvnia (about $1,845,000) in bail.

On Feb. 15, Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv cut Trukhanov loose as Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction MP Dmytro Holubov stood surety for him. A total of 36 persons were brought to the police precinct and three of them were arrested after a police officer was shot and injured in a clash outside the court.

Trukhanov was barred from leaving Odesa, prohibited to speak with a number of the city council officials and half of the Odesa City Council members, who attended the hearing as witnesses. Holubov was obliged to bring Trukhanov to court on short notice.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3077410