21 July 2020
According to Poland’s Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, a former MP, named only as “Sławomir N.”, was detained on suspicion of corruption and operating within an organised crime group. The suspect had also served as head of Ukraine’s highways agency “Ukravtodor”. According to the Polish law identity of the suspect cannot be revealed.
Two other men from Gdansk – a former military commander and a businessman – have also been detained.
The investigation was conducted by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw, Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Kyiv, and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) of Ukraine.
More than 50 searches were conducted in Ukravtodor offices and government businesses, as well as homes linked to ex-officials of state agencies in Poland.
Sławomir N. allegedly took bribes for granting private contracts for the construction and repair of roads in Ukraine, and laundered money. According to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Sławomir N benefited by EUR 291,000.
The allegations concern the period from October 2016 to September 2019, when the former Polish Transport Minister headed the Ukrainian State Motor Road Service – Ukrawtodor.
Investigation conducted by a joint team of prosecutors from Poland and Ukraine, as well as officers of the CBA and the Ukrainian anti-corruption service NABU.