Ex-tax chief under investigation fails to turn in British passport, violates court order – prosecutor
Prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) Roman Simkiv says that the prosecution at Kyiv's Solomyansky district court has explained its intention to transfer to the state budget the bail paid for ex-head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"In our opinion, there is a violation of the procedural duties imposed on the suspect Nasirov as he has not fully fulfilled the obligation to turn in [to the State Migration Service of Ukraine] his passports that give him the right to travel abroad, namely his British passport," Simkiv said.
The prosecutor said the UK had officially confirmed that Nasirov was a holder of a British passport.
However, Nasirov told reporters he did not have a British passport. He believes that today's petition regarding the transfer to the state budget of a UAH 100 million bail, which his "wife and father-in-law contributed", serves to "conceal the inaction [of the investigation] on the merits."
Read alsoKyiv's court extends Nasirov's pre-trial measures for another two monthsAs UNIAN reported earlier, agents of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on March 2 detained Nasirov and informed him about his indictment on allegations of misuse of office and abuse of power. Nasirov is accused of making a number of groundless and unlawful decisions from May 2015 to March 2016 on the installment of royalties in the so-called MP Oleksandr "Onyshchenko gas scheme." This caused damage to the state, which is estimated at UAH 2.019 billion.
Investigative actions took place within the framework of an investigation into the embezzlement of funds during the extraction and sale of gas under contracts of joint activities with PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannya. Nasirov is charged under Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power or misuse of office).
Read alsoNasirov's diagnosis unreasonably exaggerated by Feofania doctors – ministryThe Special Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office said on March 16 that Nasirov had been released on bail put up by his wife and father-in-law on the same day. The pre-trial restrictions concern an ankle monitor, which Nasirov should wear, and his passports, which should be stored at the State Migration Service.
Nasirov insists on the cancellation of the interim measures, saying he considers the case against him to be politically motivated and prearranged.