SAPO completed the investigation into the Rotterdam+ case, the suspicions of six suspects were changed

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Peter Kavinsky

Law enforcement officers have completed the investigation into the Rotterdam+ case, the previously announced suspicions of causing nearly UAH 20 billion in damage to electricity consumers changed the six suspects in the case.

According to Ukrinform, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office reports this in Telegram.

“The renewed composition of the SAPO prosecutors’ group has, after studying the materials of the so-called Rotterdam+ case, made a number of procedural decisions in the proceedings. So, according to the results of the joint work of the updated group of prosecutors and detectives NABUas well as a detailed analysis of the evidence collected in the case, it was decided to notify the six individuals involved in the introduction of the so-called Rotterdam + formula to raise the previously reported suspicion of causing UAH 18.87 billion of losses to electricity consumers in the period 2016-2017″, the message reads.

It is noted that the suspicions have changed to the former chairman, department head and department head of the National Commission that regulates energy and utilities, as well as the director of the state-owned company “Market Operator”, which at the time of the introduction of “Rotterdam +” was a member of the NEURC, deputy commercial director one of the private companies of the group – the main operator of the heat generation market in Ukraine and the director of the department of one of the companies of this group .

The acts of all persons are qualified on the basis of a crime within the meaning of part 2 of art. 364 (abuse of power or official position, with serious consequences) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Representatives of private companies are accused of complicity.

Also read: Manager DRESSES annulled the decision of the public prosecutor to close the Rotterdam+ case

“Given the limitation of the preliminary investigation in the case, on September 22, 2022, after recognizing the evidence collected during the preliminary investigation as sufficient for the preparation of an indictment, the SAPO and the NABU notified the defense of the completion of the preliminary investigation. and providing access to criminal proceedings material,” the department noted.

At the same time, law enforcement officers will continue to investigate possible damages under the so-called “Rotterdam+” formula in 2017-2018.

As reported by Ukrinform, on August 8, 2019, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine informed the former chairman of the NEURC Dmytro Vovk and five other persons involved in the introduction of the so-called Rotterdam+ formula that they were suspected of actions that resulted in 18.87 billion hryvnia losses.

The investigation found that by applying this formula, thermal generation began to sell electricity at a higher price. The formula became invalid on July 1, 2019 due to Ukraine’s transition to a new electricity market.

The senior group of prosecutors in this case, Vitaly Ponomarenko, closed the relevant proceedings three times.

On May 5, 2021, at that time, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Iryna Venediktova, replaced the senior group of prosecutors in these proceedings with Denys Demkiv, who already decided on May 20 to close the case for the fourth time.

Also read: DRESSES sent to court over Ukrzaliznytsia’s losses for ₴103 million

On September 22, Oleksandr Klymenko, head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, canceled the decision of the prosecutor to close the so-called Rotterdam+ case as illegal and unfounded. Simultaneously with the annulment of the decision, the head of the SAP completely changed the group of prosecutors in the case due to the ineffective implementation of enforcement of the law during the preliminary investigation.

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