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Ukraine nabs two defense officials for alleged graft

Wednesday 11/October/2017 - 11:24 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Mohsin
Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau said Wednesday it had detained a deputy defense minister and another top military official for allegedly embezzling millions in state funding through an illegal oil-purchase scheme، PressTV reported.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) did not identify the two officials but said the fraud had cost the budget 149 million hryvnias ($5.6 million 4.7 million euros at today's exchange rate) in 2016.

The bureau said the arrangement involved an oil purchase contract that was later revised to inflate the original price by 16 percent to benefit the unnamed supplier.

"NABU detectives and special anti-corruption prosecutors have detained two suspected culprits -- a deputy defense minister of Ukraine and the director of the state resource procurement and supply department of the Ukrainian defense ministry،" NABU said in a statement.

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