Ukraine's High Anti-Corruption Court sets bail for MP Klochko amid illegal enrichment suspicions

Andriy Klochko
Andriy Klochko

The High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) supported the position of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) and imposed a preventive measure in the form of a 12 million hryvnias ($303,000) bail on MP Andriy Klochko, suspected of illegally enriching himself by over 11 million hryvnias ($278,000), the SAPO reported on Telegram on May 10.

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The court also assigned several procedural obligations to Klochko:

  • He must not leave Kyiv without permission from the investigator, prosecutor, or court

  • He is required to appear at the request of the investigator, prosecutor, or court

  • Any changes in his residence or workplace must be reported to the authorities

  • He is barred from communicating with witnesses in the case

  • He must surrender his passport/passports and other travel documents for safekeeping

The bail must be posted within five days of the imposition of the preventive measure, and Klochko is bound by these obligations until July 10, 2024.

Klochko has been informed of the suspicion of illegal enrichment  amounting to 11 million hryvnias ($278,000), which could lead to a ten-year prison sentence.

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The investigation revealed that Klochko acquired assets worth 25 million hryvnias ($632,000) between 2020 and 2021, while the official income and savings of his family totaled 14 million hryvnias ($353,000). This leaves a discrepancy of 11 million hryvnias ($278,000).

His assets include three land plots in Kyiv Oblast, five apartments in Kyiv, two non-residential premises, as well as Tesla and Mercedes-Benz cars. Some properties were registered to close relatives — his mother and sister.

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Klochko is charged with violating Article 368-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau disclosed that the crime came to light following journalistic investigations by Bihus.Info.

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