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Faulty "anti-sniper systems": Ex-defense official charged over UAH 8.7 mln damage

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The State Bureau of Investigation has formally pressed charges against a former Defense Ministry department chief who detectives believe has inflicted UAH 8.7 million (US$ 326,300) damage to the state budget.

SBI investigators say the ex-official abused his power when approving the purchase of so-called “anti-sniper” systems, the agency's press service reports.

The examination found that the products were unsuitable for use in the Armed Forces as they contained unmasking elements posing a threat to the lives and health of servicemen in combat.

Besides, the devices failed to meet target procurement requirements, ultimately costing the state budget over UAH 8.7 million.

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The former high-ranking defense official has been charged with “abuse of power and official authority by a military official” during a special period (Art. 426-1 of the Criminal Code).

If convicted, the former official faces seven to ten years in prison.

The case is supervised by the Office of the Prosecutor General and sees operational support from the SBU Security Service of Ukraine.

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