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Odesa city council official detained in embezzlement case

The mayor, four officials and assessor were declared suspects.

Odesa city council official detained in embezzlement case
Hennadiy Trukhanov

Detectives of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) together with prosecutors of the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) have detained three suspects in the case of embezzlement by the Odesa city council leadership, the NABU press service has said.

One of them is an Odesa city council official and two businessmen.

The NABU confirmed that on the instruction of SAPO chief Nazar Kholodnytskyy, they served suspicion notices (in absentia) to Odesa mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov, his deputy, the director of the department for community property and the head of the permanent commission for community property at the Odesa city council.

They are suspected of "embezzlement of property through abuse of office".

The suspects' whereabouts are being established. "If they are absent, a decision will be made whether to declare them wanted," the NABU said.

According to the press service of the Odesa city council, Trukhanov is on a business trip to Prague for talks with officials of the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Trukhanov has not reported to work since 26 December, going from vacation to business trip to vacation.