Ukrainian embezzlers face German jail

7th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2004HILDESHEIM - A state court in northern Germany sentenced a former Ukrainian parliamentarian to five years and ten months in prison after finding him guilty of embezzling money from a fund meant to compensate World War Two victims.

7 June 2004

HILDESHEIM - A state court in northern Germany sentenced a former Ukrainian parliamentarian to five years and ten months in prison after finding him guilty of embezzling money from a fund meant to compensate World War Two victims.

The court found that Viktor Sherdizki, as a bank director handling some of the claims money, had embezzled some EUR 2 million in 1995.

A second Ukrainian was found guilty as an accomplice and sentenced to four years and three months by the court in Hildesheim, some 200 kilometres west of the German capital Berlin.

The court said their acts had prevented the dispensation of compensation money meant for Ukrainians forced into slave labour by Nazi Germany. The Ukraine government had to step in to get the compensation money paid to the victims.

The money was part of the "Fund for mutual understanding and reconciliation" in the Ukraine which the German government paid into to help compensate the World War Two slave labour victims.

DPA

Subject: German news

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