National Police returns property to sports equipment manufacturer 

National Police corruption allegations Crimea

Subject of complaint: Osnovyanskyi Police Department of the Main Department of the National Police in Kharkiv Oblast (National Police) 
Complaint in brief: A sports equipment manufacturer from Kharkiv turned to the Council. The National Police did not return property to the Complainant seized based on the results of the search, even despite the relevant court ruling. 
In October 2018, law enforcers searched the house of the company’s director and seized the property, part of which the court ordered to return to the owner. However, the National Police was slow on complying with the court order. 
Actions taken: The Council’s investigator upheld the company’s position and addressed the National Police and the Prosecutor General’s Office in writing. He stressed it was necessary to comply with the court ruling and return the said property to the Complainant. At first law enforcers forwarded the Council’s letter to the Prosecutor’s Office of Kharkiv Oblast, and then – to the National Police in Kharkiv Oblast. 
Result achieved: With the Council’s facilitation, on the eve of New Year holidays, the seized property was returned to the Complainant in accordance with the court ruling. The company confirmed it and thanked the Council for assistance. The case was closed successfully.

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