A panel of judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) on 1 March announced a verdict that found Yevhen Dykhne, former head of the state enterprise Boryspil International Airport, and the head of the lease service guilty of abuse of office, which inflicted more than UAH 15.7 million of losses on the state.
The court sentenced the former head of Boryspil International Airport to five years in prison, banned him from holding positions related to the performance of organizational, administrative, or administrative and economic functions for a period of three years and fined him UAH 8,500.
The head of the lease service was sentenced to four years in prison, stripped of the right to hold positions related to the performance of organizational, administrative or administrative and economic functions for a period of three years, fined UAH 8,500.
The court's verdict may be appealed within 30 days from the date of its pronouncement by filing an appeal with the Appeals Chamber of the High Anti-Corruption Court.
It is noted that in 2014-2019, officials of the state-owned enterprise transferred premises to business entities on the basis of preliminary lease agreements. However, it turned out that the above-mentioned property belongs to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and only the State Property Fund of Ukraine has the right to lease it under the relevant competitive procedure.
Despite this, in violation of the current legislation, the officials unlawfully transferred the said premises to entrepreneurs at a reduced cost, which resulted in losses of more than UAH 15.7 million.
In June 2021, UIA President Yevhen Dykhne was indicted. The investigation into the abuse of office case lasted about two years.