The National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained three people in a $ 6 million bribe case offered to NABU and SAP officials by proxies of ex-Minister of Ecology Mykola Zlochevsky, the Azarov government’s.
It is noted that the bribe was supposed to “help” close the case, where Zlochevsky assisted in taking the funds of the stabilization loan of the National Bank, issued by “Real Bank”. According to the criminals, the proceedings against Zlochevsky were to be closed until June 14, when he celebrates his birthday.
“The case in question was investigated by the GPU, then, when the Prosecutor General’s Office lost its function as an investigative body, the cases began to be transferred to NABU. In one of these cases, the suspicion of former Minister Mr. Zlochevsky was announced,” said Artem Sytnyk, head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.
Law enforcement officers used a forged decision to close the proceedings to expose the detainees, as they wanted to make sure that the proceedings were closed before transferring the money.
The head of NABU explained that the case was registered on June 3, 2020, and 3 people were arrested while giving a bribe.
“The first detainee is an employee of the state tax service, he works as the first deputy head of the State Tax Service in Kyiv, the second person was related to Burisma (now it is being checked)and is Zlochevsky’s proxy, and the third person is also a STS employee and Zlochevsky’s proxy,” – added Sytnyk.
In addition, the involvement of employees of the Prosecutor General’s Office in the crime is being checked. And the investigators counted the money for 12 hours.