Specialized anti-corruption Prosecutor’s office (SAP) appeal against acquittal in the case of the mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov regarding the purchase of the Odessa city Council at an inflated price of the building of the former factory “region”.

“…prosecutors SAP strongly disagreed with the specified judicial decision. (…) after reviewing the full text of the verdict prosecutors SAP will submit an appeal against the court decision”, – stated in the message of SAP in Facebook.

At SAP pointed out that, according to the prosecution, the detectives of the National anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of prosecutors SAP conducted a comprehensive, complete and objective pre-trial investigation in this criminal proceedings, collected many relevant and admissible evidence in its entirety to fully prove the guilt of the mayor of Odessa and other persons in committing the alleged crimes.

In turn, the NAB expressed support for the position of SAP. “The NAB supports the intention of SAP to appeal against the acquittal in the case “Krana””, – reported on the site in “Facebook”.

As the head of the Center for combating corruption (CPC) Vitaliy Shabunin, on Tuesday, the Malinovsky district court of Odessa acquitted in Trukhanov regarding the purchase of the Odessa city Council at an inflated price of the building of JSC HC “region”.

According to the local newspaper “Duma”, the court acquitted Trukhanov, his Deputy Paul Vogelman and the other defendants because their guilt was not proven.

In September 2016 the Odessa city Council purchased the building, formerly part of the integral property complex of state enterprise “Plant “region”, over 185 million UAH from the private structures, which, in turn, in early 2016 paid for this complex at auction, organized by the liquidator of the company 11.5 million UAH.

Obtained from city hall 185 million UAH, the firm-seller tried to list companies with signs of fictitiousness. However, the detectives NAB and prosecutors SAP has prevented this attempt and has achieved arrest of accounts of the company-the seller of the building.

14 Feb 2018 Trukhanov and his Deputy, Vogelman was detained at the international airport “Borispol” on suspicion of appropriation of funds of the local budget by abuse of official position on the acquisition and transfer of communal property of premises of the former factory “region”.

The results of the investigation were notified of the suspicion, several officials of the Odessa city Council, the leaders and founders of some companies under part 5 of article 191 of the criminal code (misappropriation of funds by abuse of official position), part 2 St. 205 (fictitious business), part 3, article 209 (legalization of proceeds of crime).

16 February 2018, the Solomensky regional court of Kiev didn’t satisfy the petition of anti-corruption authorities about the arrest of Trukhanov with the alternative of 50 million and released him on bail of MP Dmitry Golubov (fraction of PPB).

In March 2018 the Solomensky regional court of Kiev has resumed the arrest of 185 million, that was paid from the city budget of Odessa for the building of JSC HC “region”, and adopted the decision on their transfer to the management of the National Agency of Ukraine concerning the identification, investigation and management of assets derived from corruption and other crimes (ARMA).

8 October 2018 SAP was sent to the court indictment in criminal proceedings concerning Trukhanov and other officials of the Odessa city Council upon appropriation of funds the city budget with the purchase of the buildings of OJSC “HC “region”.

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