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 Tank engine procurement case: "SAP leadership not yet decided on passing indictment to court"

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Major General Yurii Melnyk, who has been released from pre-trial detention center for the period of investigation, has been invited to Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) under the case of tank engines procurement.

This was announced by Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov on Facebook.

"A source of Censor.NET, close to the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office said that although the indictment in tank engine procurement case had been accorded, SAP leadership has not yet decided on passing the indictment to the court," Butusov wrote.

The journalist also said that Major General Yurii Melnyk, who had been released from pre-trial detention center for the period of investigation, has been invited to come to SAP on Thursday: "He has been invited for a talk, not for a questioning."

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"Obviously, the facts, witnesses, and documents published after the indictment had been served have forced the prosecutors to look into the involvement of the Central Armored Tank Directorate leadership to illegal activities again.

"It's a significant and important sign in this case," Butusov said.

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He added that today, July 26, the appeal court of Kyiv will consider the expediency of selecting a preventive measure in the form of detention for the period of investigation for Melnyk's subordinate, Colonel of the Central Armored Tank Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Kostiantyn Istomin.

As reported by Censor.NET, NABU and SAP (Ukraine's anti-corruption agencies) detained officials of the Lviv Armored Tanks Plant for organization of a corruption scheme with used engines. Instead of buying new engines for T-72 tanks for the army, used engines had been procured. This led to embezzlement of 28.5 million hryvnia ($1.1 million) of state funds in 2015.

On July 15 a court ruled to arrest the head of the plant Tymkiv for 60 days with a bail of 2 million hryvnia. The bail was posted on July 18 by Tymkiv's sister.
 
 
 
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