U.S., EU insist that Ukraine establish Specialized Anti-Corruption Court
Ukraine needs to establish the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court, the United States Embassy and the EU Delegation to Ukraine wrote in a joint statement.
"Ukraine’s success in its anti-corruption efforts is critical to delivering results demanded by the people on the Maidan as well as to attracting the foreign direct investment that is needed to support Ukraine’s economy," reads the statement published on Facebook.
"We commend the increasingly effective efforts of Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office to deliver on their mandates," the diplomats wrote.
Welcoming the court’s taking action early March 7, the U.S. Embassy and EU Delegation noted that "the last several days underscore the need to establish a specialized anti-corruption court."
Read alsoUkraine’s chief taxman holder of UK, Hungarian passports - Prosecutor"These events also highlight why the pending NABU audit must be independent, transparent and lead to an objective analysis of NABU's operations over the last year," the diplomats concluded.
As UNIAN reported earlier, overnight Tuesday, March 7, Judge of Kyiv's Solomyansky District Court Oleksandr Bobrovnyk has ruled that Chairman of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service (SFS) Roman Nasirov, who is charged with abuse of power, should be remanded in custody for 60 days as a measure of restraint.
Nasirov is charged under Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power or misuse of office). NABU suspects that the SFS-approved installment plan for gas royalties payment was part of the scheme by MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko's firms on misappropriation of funds from PJSC Ukrgasvydobuvanniya in the amount of UAH 740.07 million. The damage to the state budget as a result of Nasirov’s alleged action is estimated at UAH 2 billion.
According to the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, the investigation had been launched on December 4, 2015.
Read alsoChief taxman Nasirov: "No plans to leave the country"On Thursday, March 2, the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Special Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine (SAPU) held a number of raids in the State Fiscal Service's offices, including its head office.
On March 3, the Cabinet suspended Nasirov for the period of the probe.