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Poland’s ex-transport pastor arrested under corruption probe

One of Poland’s ex-transport ministers was detained in a corruption probe.

The former MP, named only as”Sławomir N.”, was arrested on suspicion of corruption and functioning in an organized crime group, based on Poland’s Central Anti-Corruption Bureau.

The defendant had served as leader of Ukraine’s highways agency (“Ukravtodor”), ” the agency said.

Two other guys out of Gdansk – a former army commander and a businessman – have been arrested.

The investigation was jointly conducted with the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw, Particular Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Kyiv, along with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) of Ukraine.

Ukrainian governments say that”over 50 hunts” were conducted of Ukravtodor offices and authorities companies, in addition to homes connected to ex-officials of state agencies in Poland.

The organized crime group has been suspected of working between 2016 and 2019, directed to the former head of Ukravtodor that”received prohibited rewards” in the workplace.

When Ukrainian companies couldn’t finish road-building contracts, they have been provided extensions in trade for”improper advantage”, it’s alleged by prosecutors.

“These cases are associated with decisions on the usage of funds provided by international financial institutions in the shape of loans to the treatment of Ukrainian streets,” explained NABU Director Artem Sytnyk.

Authorities say the whole quantity of credit funds utilized from the group to acquire illegal capital exceeds $270 million.

“Maximum steps were taken to conceal crimes and illegal source of capital,” additional Artem Sytnyk.

The charges from”Sławomir N.” can take a maximum prison sentence of up to 12 years.

Back in January, a report by NGO Transparency International (TI) discovered that Poland was among five EU nations where the abuse of capital remains a problem.

Poland, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, and Greece were one of the EU’s worst in TI’s 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index.