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SBU unveils former deputy head of Higher Economic Court on financing of “D/LNR” terrorist organizations

The SBU officers in the framework of the initiated criminal proceedings exposed a former deputy head of the Higher Economic Court on financing the “D/LNR” terrorist organization.

The SBU operatives established that during his tenure of appointment, a criminal “influenced” the court judgements in favour of his “clients”, for the illegal financial gain. To legalize the received funds, the judge through trusted individuals and dummy persons bought business facilities and commercial real estate located in the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk region.

The SBU officers documented that commercial structures controlled by former deputy head of the court regularly paid taxes and fees to so-called official departments of terrorists. One of the premises bought by the judge in Donetsk housed a subdivision of the so-called DNR central bank.

During the investigations in Kyiv at the residences and offices of the criminal, other persons involved in court case, the law enforcers seized the documentation and other information that may indicate the involvement of the criminals in the commercial transactions on the separatist-held territories and the financing of terrorists. The SBU officers also seized over USD 10,000, more than EUR 11,000 and more than UAH 200,000 (USD 7,140) in cash. The SBU operatives identified the former deputy chairman of the Higher Economic Court at the one of the addresses of the persons involved in court case.

Investigative actions in the framework of criminal proceeding initiated under Part 2 Article 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Terrorism financing) are under way.

SBU Press Centre


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