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SBI gained access to documents of Suspilne broadcatster

12.01.2022, 17:47

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has been granted a temporary access to the belongings and documents of the National Public Television and Radio Company (Suspilne) as part of criminal proceedings. This was reported by the SBI in response to a request from Radio Liberty.

Judging by the SBI’s letter, as to RFE/RL, this was question of a case opened in June last year.

“Investigators of the central office of the State Bureau of Investigation are conducting a pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceedings №62021000000000542 dated 23.06.2021. Within the specified criminal proceedings, on the basis of the decision of the investigating judge of the Pechersk district court of the city of Kyiv, the temporary access to things and documents in JSC NPTU is granted”, - as to the letter signed by the deputy head of the Main investigative management SBI Artem Medvedenko.

No additional information about the proceedings in the SBI was reported, with the reference to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, according to which this information can be disclosed only with the permission of the investigator or prosecutor.

As IMI reported, on December 3, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) got a temporarily access to material stuff and documents of Suspilne broadcaster, implementing the ruling of the Pechersk Court in Kyiv within criminal proceedings. 

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Chairman of the Suspilne Board, explained that the criminal proceedings was to probe into possible abuse of office during procurement in the period 2017-2019.

"Criminal (proceedinsg – n/tr) on eventual abuse of office during procurement activities in 2017-2019, contrary to the Law of Ukraine" On Public Procurement ", which inflict some important effects, on the grounds of a criminal offense under Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," - said Mykola Chernotytskyi, Chairman of the Public Board, speaking to Detector Media.

As IMI reported, on August 30, 2019, the State Bureau of Investigations together with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) are searching the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine and home of several of its employees.

SBI reported that it conducted investigative actions in the premises of PJSC "National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine" as part of the pre-trial investigation of criminal proceedings against possible illegal actions of officials of PJSC "NPTU", namely abuse of office to gain undue advantage for themselves or other individuals or legal entities .

On August 30, Zurab Alasania's lawyer, Andriy Huk, said that investigators from the State Bureau of Investigation had completed a search of Alasania's apartment and seized copies of documents relating to the activities of “NPTU”.

SBI has registered a case of abuse of office, which examines whether the contract for the supply of equipment for PJSC "National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine" in the amount of UAH 15 million was fictitious .

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