Ukrainian MP suspected of corruption. “He Donated $150,000”

Ukrainian services reported that MP Sergei Łabazyuk had committed a crime of corruption.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecution of Ukraine (SAPO) presented a notice on suspicion of committing a crime by Sergei Labazyuk, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the “For the Future” party.

The investigation into suspected corruption was conducted by NABU and SAPO together with the Deputy Prime Minister for Reconstruction of Ukraine, the Minister of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, as well as the head of the State Agency for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Development (Mustafa Najem). The MP, an entrepreneur active in the construction and agricultural sectors, is suspected to have participated in corruption.

In August 2023, Łabaziuk reportedly asked Mustafa Najem to award his company contracts for the reconstruction of infrastructure facilities worth UAH 1 billion (about $27.7 million). In return, he promised a ‘reward’ of 3 to 5 percent. value of each order. The parliamentarian also called in the company’s director to coordinate further agreements.

NABU claims that Łabaziuk transferred PLN 150,000 to Naj through an intermediary. dollars, after receiving 50 million UAH (approximately $1.4 million) for a contract for the reconstruction of a destroyed bridge in one of the regions of Ukraine. The bribes were handed over in the parking lot of a supermarket in the capital and the money was in a Chinese decorative box.

Ukraine on its way to the EU. ‘We will burn away corruption with a hot iron’

Ukraine is on its way to the EU. The European Commission recently presented a report on the state of Ukraine’s preparations for EU membership and recommended the start of accession negotiations.

Ukraine’s preparations for EU accession will require reforms in more than thirty areas. Representatives of the political leadership of the Ukrainian state assure that they are determined to meet the demands.

The Secretary of the Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, admitted that Ukraine faces a difficult task. He also announced that Kiev, unlike Moscow, does not hide facts about corruption in the country. As he argued, in this regard, Ukrainian authorities must be prepared to “burn out corruption with a hot iron” and “cleanse the country.”

– We understand that this is our homework. If we do not do this homework, it will be extremely difficult to make progress in future negotiations on EU and NATO membership, Danilov admitted.

Source: Do Rzeczy