A month has passed since the beginning of the full-scale war of russia against Ukraine. During this time, many enterprises and institutions have been forced to suspend their work. At the same time, anti-corruption bodies, in particular, the Anti-Corruption Court, continue to work. What the court does and how it contributes to our victory — read below.

Formally, the introduction of martial law does not affect the implementation of judicial proceedings. It is forbidden by law to shorten or accelerate this process. However, in practice, it is impossible to guarantee fully safe justice because there is a threat to the life and health of judges, prosecutors, suspects, accused persons, and lawyers. Therefore, the HACC does not deal with cases as promptly as before. Still, it does work and reports on its activities systematically. 

Since the invasion on February 24 and as of March 25, investigating judges of the Anti-Corruption Court have processed 70 procedural documents within the framework of criminal proceedings at the pre-trial investigation stage. Among them, in particular, are 19 documents on the change of an interim measure and 31 — on the extension of the period of pre-trial investigation.

Considering the cases on the merits, the panels considered 22 motions for the change of the interim measures, 3 petitions for lifting the seizure of property and 1 petition for the extension of the period of detention of Andrii Vynnychenko, director of the Capital Construction Department of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, in custody.

During the month, the judges of the HACC granted 31 motions to change the interim measure for suspects/the accused from bail to a personal obligation. Instead of returning the funds, the court transferred them to a special account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was made possible by the initiative of the defense party. In general, the support of the Armed Forces amounts to more than UAH 100 mln

For example, the Anti-Corruption Court reduced the amount of bail by UAH 5 mln for the acting deputy mayor of Odesa Oleh Bryndak, who is suspected of participating in the criminal organization of businessman Volodymyr Halanternyk. These funds were transferred to support the army. 

An even larger amount — more than UAH 10.6 mln — was transferred to the defenders on the initiative of the pledger, the family of Ihor Hladkovskyi, in the case of Ukroboronprom. The bail for the first ex-deputy secretary of the NSDC was changed to a personal obligation. 

Oleh Zhuchenko, ex-prosecutor, who is suspected of misappropriation of the assets of the territorial community of Odesa, also took advantage of this opportunity. He voluntarily asked to transfer the amount of bail of UAH 2.6 mln to the account of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The NABU states that this can be done by every suspect to help Ukraine in the war against russia.

The consideration of this motion in the HACC took place via videolink and was broadcast publicly. During the hearing, an air raid alert was announced, but despite this, Judge Bitsiuk did not stop the hearing and continued to work.

The work of any court depends on the current situation in the region. And since Kyiv stands and will stand, the HACC will continue to deliver justice and help fight not only corruption, but also russia. 

The work of any court depends on the current situation in the region. And since Kyiv stands and will stand, the HACC will continue to deliver justice and help fight not only corruption, but also russia.