Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the PGO press service.
"Director of a department of the National Bank of Ukraine and three his accomplices who acted as intermediaries were detained while receiving $25,000 in bribe on Feb.2, 2017. One of the detainees appeared to be a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Ukraine was notified on the apprehension," the report reads.
According to the law enforcement agency, the head of the National Bank's Payment Systems Department developed a criminal scheme aimed at extortion of $35,000 from a company CEO which the intermediaries intended to fetch in two stages: after the National Bank will conclude the registration of Platiservice national payment system for cash and non-cash transfers within Ukraine and after it will issue the corresponding certificate to this company.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko also confirmed this information and published photos of the National Bank official's detention.
The detained member of the National Bank of Ukraine was served notice of suspicion of committing offence under part 4 of article 368 (bribe extortion and bribe-taking by an official), his accomplices are suspected of committing offences under part 5 of article 27 and part 4 of article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (mediation in bribe-taking).
The prosecutors will request the court to impose pretrial detention on the suspects.
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