NABU calls on the Ukrainian Parliament to give a permission on detention and arrest of the MPs involved in so-called «amber scheme»

11.07.2017 00:00

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) calls on the Verhovna Rada of Ukraine to support the submissions for criminal prosecution, detention and arrest of the Members of Parliament (MPs) Maksym Poliakov and Boryslav Rosenblat  involved in the so-called «amber case». 

It should be reminded that the NABU Detectives in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA) with the help of an undercover agent established a scheme of the abovementioned MPs receiving an improper advantage in amount of 300 thousand USD from the representative of a foreign company through MPs’ close people. The funds were used to prepare Draft Laws, to make an unlawful influence on officials of the State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre, the State Forestry Agency, the State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine, local self-government bodies, the courts and the Prosecutor's offices with the aim of unrestricted decision-making in favor of the abovementioned foreign company.

Taking into account the public resonance of the case and the scale of the scheme revealed, the NABU insists on the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine allowing the prosecution of Boryslav Rosenblat and Maksym Poliakov and on giving permission to their detention and arrest.

You can find more details about the key events of the investigation of one of the most resonant corruption cases in the history of Ukraine in the multimedia article and France24 video.

It should be reminded that on June 19, 2017, the NABU Detectives under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors detained 7 persons involved in demanding and receiving improper advantage for the assistance to a foreign company in the realization of amber mining in Ukraine. On July, 6, 2017, the Committee on Rules of Parliamentary Procedure didn’t support submission for withdrawal of immunity, detention and arrest of the MPs Maksym Polyakov involved in the corruption scheme for illegal extraction and selling of amber. At the same time, on July 7, 2017, the consideration of submissions as of Boryslav Rosenblat ended in favor of the investigation. However the submissions as of the MPs Maksym Poliakov and Boryslav Rosenblat were based on the same evidence.