The SBI reported suspicion to judge's assistant for bribe of US 12 thousand dollars

26/01/2023

The SBI agents served a notice of suspicion to one of the assistants of the Northern Economic Court of Appeal. In return for a $12,000 bribe, she promised to help a man fighting for custody of his child win the case in cassation.

The man had already won custody of the child from his ex-wife in several courts. At the same time, the child's mother decided to fight to the end and appealed the decision to the Court of Cassation. Fearful of losing the case, the man began looking for a counsellor to advise him on his chances of winning the case and getting the right to live with his child.

He told his story to a lawyer who decided to take advantage of the child's father's situation to make money. The lawyer contacted his friend, a judge's assistant, who agreed to "lobby" for the man's interests using her many contacts in the courts of various instances.

The perpetrators split up their roles: the judge's assistant would find an influential intermediary who could reach an agreement with the panel of judges to guarantee a favorable decision for the "client" in exchange for a financial reward. And the lawyer, in turn, had to persuade the father's child of the importance of transferring money to the judges. Meanwhile, the child's father was assured that the majority of the money would go to the judges, whom can decide directly with whom the child would live..

The lawyer was caught red-handed during the transfer of the first instalment - US 2,000 dollars.

SBI officers served a notice of suspicion to one of the assistants of the Northern Economic Court of Appeal. In return for a USD 12,000 bribe, she promised to help a man who was fighting for custody of his child win the case in cassation.

The man had already won custody of the child from his ex-wife in several courts. At the same time, the child's mother decided to fight to the end and appealed the decision to the cassation court. Out of fear of losing the case, the man began to look for a consultant who could guide him on his chances of finally winning the case and getting the right to live with his child.

He told his story to a lawyer, who decided to take advantage of the child's father's situation and make money off of him. The lawyer arranged with his friend, a judge's assistant, to "lobby" the man's interests through her numerous contacts in courts of various instances.

The offenders distributed their roles: the court employee was to find an influential intermediary who could agree with the panel of judges to guarantee a positive decision for the "client" in exchange for a monetary reward. And the lawyer, in turn, had to convince the man of the need to transfer money to the judges. At the same time, the child's father was assured that most of the money would go to the judges, who would directly decide with whom the child would stay.

The lawyer was detained red-handed at the moment of transferring the first tranche - USD 2 thousand.

Thus, the mediator and the judge's assistant are suspected of abuse of influence, accepting an offer or obtaining an unlawful benefit for themselves or a third party for influencing the decision-making of a person authorized to perform the functions of the state or local self-government, or an offer or promise to exert influence for the provision of such a benefit (Part 2 of Article 369-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The sanction of the article provides for imprisonment for up to 5 years.

The material on the associate of the judge's assistant was separated into a separate criminal proceeding. The investigation has now completed the case against him and the indictment has been submitted to the court.

The pre-trial investigation is ongoing.

Procedural guidance is provided by the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office.