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 NABU apprehends Serhii Pereloma as another suspect in case against former MP Martynenko (updated)

Detectives of National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) detained another suspect in the case of embezzlement of assets owned by Skhidnyi Mineral Processing Plant SE, former Chairman of Supervisory Board of the Odesa Portside Plant PJSC Serhii Pereloma.

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

"On April 20, NABU detectives apprehended the second person charged with committing crimes under part 1 of article 255 (crime ring creation), part 5 of article 191 (embezzlement of property by abuse of office) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The detention was controlled by members of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP). The law enforcers are going to bring indictment against the suspect in the near future," the statement reads.

Read more: Martynenko suspected of embezzling $17M, - Kholodnytskyi

The investigators believe that the detainee coordinated activities between an intermediary company and Skhidnyi Mineral Processing Plant SE. The same person is also a suspect in another criminal case filed into infliction of damage in the amount of 205 million hryvnia to the Odesa Portside Plant PJSC. The pretrial investigation of this case was completed by the NABU detectives in December 2016. The case into embezzlement of funds owned by the Odesa Portside Plant PJSC is being heard by the court while charges have been brought against the aforementioned person.

As reported, ex-MP Mykola Martynenko was apprehended by NABU agents on the evening of April 20.

The NABU is investigating the acceptance by representatives of the Ukrainian government of 30 million francs in bribe in 2009-2015 for ensuring the purchase of equipment by Ukraine's state-owned energy producer Enerhoatom from the Czech company Skoda JS. In December 2015, Martynenko, one of the then leaders of the People's Front faction, quit the parliament following the launch of a probe against him. Even earlier, Martynenko headed the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.

Read more: NABU serves indictment against Martynenko

Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Kholodnytskyi said that between 2013 and 2016 a criminal organization consisting of the executives of Skhidnyi (Eastern) Mineral Processing Plant SE, the leadership of STEUERMANN Investitions und Handelsgesellschaft mbH, and a group of persons who were in control of the said enterprises, including Mykola Martynenko, embezzled funds of the plant in the amount of $17.28 million through improper conclusion and subsequent execution of a contract for the purchase and sale of uranium concentrate.
 
 
 
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