Anti-Corruption Bureau should be given right to tap phones – Sytnyk

16:05, 11 February 2016
Politics
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Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk says that NABU officers should be given the right to tap telephones and other communication lines, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, he commented on the statement by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who said that it was no expediency to let NABU eavesdrop on telephone conversations.

"There was no flagrant denial in his words. The Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that telecommunications monitoring is carried out by the authorized units of the National Police, but for some reason they do not do so, as well as by the security services. We would like to have offline access to communication channels, therefore the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine should be legislatively added to this list," Sytnyk said.

Nowadays NABU asks the National Police and the SBU Security Service of Ukraine to help with telephone tapping.

According to Sytnyk, in this regard, there is a risk of information leaks, as NABU cannot monitor telephone conversations on its own.

As reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at a meeting with NABU senior officials, detectives and officers on February 9 that he did not support the idea of allowing the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine to tap telephones.

In particular, Poroshenko spoke out against telecommunications monitoring by NABU detectives.

He said that access to this information means limitation of human rights.

"Unfortunately, we have inherited this "tradition" from the Soviet times when law enforcement agencies abuse this right very much," Poroshenko said. In his words, NABU may cooperate with the SBU if needed.

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