Ukrainian mass media have recently published 87 pages sent by Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (the PGO) to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (the NABU) in March 2017. In this regard, we want to clarify the context and the key points of their content in order to prevent manipulation and distortion of information.
In the last part of the video story of Lesiia Ivanova (journalist of «BIHUS.INFO») accusations of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) engaged and cooperate with companies involved in corruption during purchases in the defense complex were made. The NABU respects the work of investigative journalists. At the same time, the video contains inaccuracies, and, sometimes, manipulations. Next — by points.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) believes that the decision of the Constitutional Court on declaring Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code unconstitutional, which provided liability for illegal enrichment, now gives officials opportunities for abuse and provides indulgence to criminal offenses committed by them. From now on, a millionth wealth obtained from sources which legality are not confirmed is not considered a criminal offense in Ukraine.
This week media published a video that allegedly recorded «visual surveillance of the building of the Synagogue in Kyiv by the NABU undercover agents». In order to avoid any speculation and the further dissemination of false information, we emphasized that the National Bureau did not set up any devices for the secret disassembly of information in the premises of the Central Synagogue of Kyiv and didn’t carried out visual surveillance of the building.
Adoption of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, envisaged by the draft law No. 8336, eliminates disadvantages of the so-called "Lozovyi's amendments" regarding the appointment of expert assessments in virtually all proceedings, except those investigated by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). In addition, the proposed initiatives can threaten the independence of the NABU and complicate the investigation of top-corruption crimes.
In response to requests of the mass media, we explain the position of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on issue regarding preparing a notice of suspicion of the allegedly illegal enrichment to the First Deputy Head – Chief of the Main Department on Fight against Corruption and Organized Crime of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).
On July 17, 2018, between 11 and 12 a.m. during unauthorized meeting at the NABU entrance, the group of the so-called titushki (sturdy young men who join meetings for payment) broke into the building of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Initially, these persons went to the Public Reception Office with the purpose of submitting the appeal. There they disabled the security camera, broke down the doors and the metal blinds, which separated the public space from the restricted area, and entered the hall of the NABU building.
On July 11, 2018, the prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) made a decision to terminate the criminal proceeding as of suspected ex-Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and as of one more person (who is also known as a relative of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine).
There’s an urgent need to amend the norm of the Law of Ukraine «On the High Anti-Corruption Court», providing that appeal courts of general jurisdiction will consider appeals against decisions of the first-instance courts made before The High Anti-Corruption Court is established.
The information that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (further referred to as NABU) allegedly stopped “proactively investigating Manafort” on political grounds, published by BBC on May 23rd 2018, is not true.