Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk insists there is no feud between his agency and the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO).
"There is no feud between the National Anti-corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office," he said at the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on April 4.
"There are certain criminal proceedings and there are certain cases that have been sent to the relevant authorities," Sytnyk added.
However, according to him, "the creation of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office has delivered NABU from supervision by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO)."
As UNIAN reported earlier, PGO chief Yuriy Lutsenko on March 30 requested that the Prosecutors Qualification and Disciplinary Commission consider the dismissal of SAPO chief Nazar Kholodnytsky due to disciplinary action.
The PGO press service said the motion concerning disciplinary offenses committed by Kholodnytsky was based on the facts revealed during criminal investigations conducted jointly by NABU and the PGO.
The criminal cases against Kholodnytsky are investigated under Article 387 (disclosure of information related to investigative activity, preliminary investigation), as well as Article 384 (misleading a court or other authorized body) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On April 3, Lutsenko decided to transfer the Kholodnytsky case to the PGO's General Inspectorate, thus having taken it from the PGO's Special Economic Crimes Department.
UNIAN memo. NABU investigates corruption-related crimes committed by high-ranking officials who pose a threat to the country's national security. SAPO is entrusted with supervision of NABU's activity. SAPO also acts in support of prosecution on behalf of the state or government, and represents the interests of Ukrainians and the country during an investigation into corruption-related crimes.