The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has faced the first open unlawful confront of the other law enforcement bodies of Ukraine, being under Bureau’s investigation. In particular, on August 12 two officers of the NABU Operative and Technical Department, while being on duty, were illegally detained for 11 hours by the General Prosecutors Office (GPO) staff (Department of investigation of high-profile economic cases). Noteworthy, when detained, the abovementioned NABU officers were conducting authorized undercover activities under investigation of certain criminal proceedings regarding alleged unauthorized actions of the General Prosecutors Department of investigation of high-profile economic cases.
“We face the public case of certain interests’ defense done by the GPO authorities and general staff. The representatives of the abovementioned GPO Department, whose case is being investigated by the NABU, using the sources of the GPO and the National Police exceeded their powers and made an attempt to sabotage the NABU’s undercover activities”, commented the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk.
Namely, two NABU officers were conducting undercover activities authorized by the investigating magistrate near the safe house when the representatives of GP Department, investigated by the Bureau, illegally forced them to leave the spot and to go to the premises of the GP Department of investigation of high-profile economic cases.
The NABU staff was illegally kept there for 11 hours, no detention report was drawn up. Mobile phones, equipment, documents and personal belongings were also illegally confiscated. Bureau’s officers testify they were psychologically and physically influenced the GP’s staff. The unlawful detention ended up around 1 am on the 13 of August, when one of the GP Department of investigation of high-profile economic cases worker drove them to the NAB’s building.
“The GPO representatives ignored the order of the General Prosecutor to free the NABU officers. Being fully informed about unlawfulness of their actions, they physically and psychologically pressed the Bureau’s officers”, stated Artem Sytnyk. “At the same time I would like to underline that this incident won’t influence the NABU and the GPO collaboration. We don’t need the war between the two of us that will only halter the fight against corruption. And I would also like to stress that I would be personally obliged to help Mr. Lutsenko (the General Prosecutor of Ukraine) to clear the General Prosecutor’s Office form such persons, who does feel free to perform unlawful actions”.
The criminal proceeding as of the GP staff unlawful actions was registered on August 12 (Part 2, Article 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine - the NABU staff kidnapping, Part 3, Article 15, Part 2, Article 162 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine for attempted private property invasion, Part 2, Article 186 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – robbery, Part 1 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – abuse of office by the GPO staff, Part 2, Article 343 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – interference with the NABU staff work, Part 2, Article 127 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – torturing, Part 1, Article 345 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – threat or violence towards the legal enforcement bodies’ staff, Part 2 Article 187 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – plundering).
Please, find the episodes of the detained NABU Officers testimonials below.