A court in the Serbian city of Nis sentenced Andrei Naumov, a former general and head of the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the Security Service of Ukraine, to one year in prison on charges of money laundering. The Balkan service of Radio Liberty reported this on Friday.
The defense stated that it would challenge the decision. “We believe that there were absolutely no grounds for the guilty verdict,” emphasized lawyer Milan Petrovic.
The lawyer noted that the decision of the appeal court on Kyiv’s request to extradite Naumov to Ukraine – as part of another proceeding – is still awaited. Earlier, the court of first instance in Niš rejected the Ukrainian request for the extradition of Naumov, who has been in custody in Serbia since June 2022.
Andrei Naumov appeared in a number of journalistic investigations about smuggled imports and corruption schemes at customs. While still in the status of head of the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the SBU, he was mentioned in an investigation by Schemes journalists about the acquisition of elite property that did not correspond to the official income of a civil servant.
“Schemes” also said that on the eve of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine – namely on February 23, 2022 – Andrei Naumov went abroad.
Naumov was arrested on June 7 last year when he tried to get from Serbia to North Macedonia. Serbian police announced that the money and diamonds found during an inspection of the car were “probably derived from criminal activity”, after which Naumov was charged with money laundering at the High Court in Niš. At the trial, the former SBU officer denied the charges and claimed that it was his personal money.
In Ukraine, Andrei Naumov is suspected, in particular, of abuse of office, fraud and causing damage to the state in the amount of more than 3.2 million hryvnia, writes the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty. The media also wrote about an investigation into Naumov’s activities under the article of treason.