DARK SKY UKRANION JUSTICE
OfficialTriedin Dnipropetrovsk Region for Helpingin АТО
Two years ago, at the very beginning of the war in Donbass, Petrykivka district of Dnipropetrovsk region became the dislocation of the training facilities for battalion Dnipro-1 of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine. It was the place designed to train military people to go to the ATO frontline, — reported ukainskoe edition of “Vesti Pridniprovya”
Atthattime the regional state administration ordered Petrykivka district to support and arrange supplies to the battalion using the resources of local entities and communities.
Thatorderwasfulfilled: meals, power supply, maintenance and repairs of barracks — Petrykivka district was responsible for everything, which considerably facilitated the battalion service and life. Thenthewholecountryandespecially Dnipropetrovsk region were focused on allocating resources for the АТО.
However, the Security Service of Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk region as early as in 2014 initiated proceedings against a civil servant – the First Deputy Head of the Petrykivka District State Administration for embezzlement, since he, “having received”funds from a local farmerwho supported battalion Dnipro-1, himself repaid the debt of the battalion for power supply via a banking institution, moreover, adding several thousand hryvnias of his own savings to cover the overdue amount. Thecase materials include all the evidence — bank receipts and invoices.
“Havingconvinced”thefarmer, who provided the funds, that it was not assistance to the militaries but a bribe, investigators initiated criminal proceedings for demanding an illegal reward, and as over a year that followed all bribe attempts failed — only one year later they arranged a search, and a month after that they handed a suspicion of an illegal reward regarding the funds, transferred to repay the battalion debts.
No search or further investigating actions brought any “results”. Witnessestothecaseunanimously testify that the suspected official then participated in financing the battalion. Thesame was confirmed by the bank receipts, included in the case materials. Butthelocalregional prosecutor’s office turns a blind eye to the fact that the civil servant not only did not get any benefits but also added his own savings to solve the issues with funding the battalion during the hard times.
Over a year ago this civil servant was dismissed from his office and the proceedings are ongoing, the case events took place two years ago and for one year useless investigatory provocations have been in place.
We hope that the situation will be settled during the trial.
Sincetheappointment of the new Prosecutor General of Ukraine the number of frame-up cases has reduced, as well as rate of interference with trials and investigatory activities.
Just think: in which European country a prosecutor or the national security service may tell a witness how to testify, or even worse — a judge – how to make judgments?! All these are atavisms of the Soviet system. Reforms in the country, including those in its judicial system, prosecutor’s office and law-enforcement bodies have been launched and are irreversible.
Whatisyouropinion? Weaskedthemainparticipantoftheproceedings, suspect Dmytro Nedvyha, the First Deputy Head of Petrykivka District State Administration.
— It is a hard period now due to reforming the entire system;I believe that there are still a lot of similar local “framed up”and political proceedings in the country. Not only examples of those who defended our region during the hard times, but also others, including volunteers.
Unfortunately, the country still lacks independent investigation, therefore, issues arise…
Andonlyunbiased, objective and independent judicial proceedings will be able to bring justice to these cases.
International anti-corruption practices commence not with arrests but with resolving the conflict of interests between an official and a citizen by law only. Thisis tobeaddressed.
Inaddition, overthetwoyearsthewarhasnot ceased but acquired new aspects. VoluntarybattalionDnipro-1 has been converted into a regiment;it continues training soldiers for the frontline at the Petrykivka training facilities. Thearmyhaslearntto fight, and the front is still mainly supported by volunteers…