Defense Ministry official charged with soliciting $1 million bribe to rig construction tender

The National Police conduct searches in the house of a Defense Ministry official in Odesa Oblast on July 23, 2021. The official, sitting at the table, is charged with demanding a $1 million bribe to rig a construction tender.Photo by mvs.gov.ua

A Defense Ministry official and an accomplice were charged with soliciting a $1 million bribe, the National Police and Prosecutor General’s Office reported on July 23.

The suspects weren’t identified. 

The official, who heads the construction department at the Odesa Oblast branch of the Defense Ministry, allegedly wanted $1 million to rig a competition for building housing for service people and their families. 

While in the official’s house, the police seized documents showing that the winner of the future competition was determined in advance.

If found guilty, the official and his accomplice face from five to 12 years in prison.

On July 27, the Pechersk Court in Kyiv will determine the pre-trial restrictions for the two suspects.

Bribery is ubiquitous in the construction sphere in Ukraine, with officials soliciting kickbacks for construction competitions, land allocation, and certification of new buildings.

(C)KYIV POST 2021

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