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Chief of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Roman Truba has decided to reject the appointment of all 27 winners of a competition for senior posts in the agency.

Speaking at a press conference, Truba said he had returned all submissions to candidates to the external selection commission, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

Prior to that, he said, having determined the winners of the competition for positions in the agency, the external commission on July 18 decided for some unknown reason to destroy results of their polygraph tests.

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Moreover, Truba says, some candidates are involved in journalists' probes and criminal trials, the Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

In particular, one of the candidates appears in criminal proceedings as charged with high treason.

"Yes, I was not mistaken, these are treason-related criminal proceedings! The investigator in this case applied to the external commission to get any results. I do not know if he's succeeded," Truba said.

He added there is also a candidate who, together with his family members, appears in a money laundering criminal case.

"Another candidate closely communicates with members of the separatists [self-proclaimed Russian-backed republics in Donbas]. There is also the fact when two crony candidates, who once started their careers together, have won the competition for senior positions in the SBI. This is not an accusation, but a remark," Truba said.

He added the National Agency on Corruption Prevention should also check the property, hectares of land and assets of the said candidates seeking top positions in the SBI.