Sytnyk is accused of warning the infrastructure minister about a police raid / Photo from UNIAN

Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk is facing criminal charges opened by the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) on the fact of the possible disclosure of information amid a pretrial investigation.

The case was opened after Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, who is suspected of illegal enrichment, alleged that Sytnyk had informed him about a planned raid on his house, SAPO said on Facebook on Friday.

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"Preliminarily, this statement is not seen as groundless, as materials of the criminal case used for indicting him contain information about telephone connections between Omelyan and the subscriber recorded as Artem Sytnyk prior to the raid, namely at 08:00, 11:32, 19:09, 23:42 on November 2, 2017," SAPO said.

To ensure the efficient pretrial investigation, the materials of the criminal proceedings will be sent to the Prosecutor General, who will choose an agency that will be engaged in the pretrial investigation.

"At the same time, we draw your attention to the fact that Sytnyk consistently, constantly and systematically discloses information related to pretrial investigations, which is unlawful and significantly harms the interests of the investigation," it said.

Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan was reported to have said he had learnt about a pending search in his house from NABU Director Artem Sytnyk. Sytnyk denies his involvement.