British Embassy in Ukraine reacts to Kyiv court ruling on Nasirov case
The Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland says it is deeply concerned about a recent decision by Kyiv's Solomiansky Court, which did not accept proof provided by the British side on the case of suspended head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov.
"We are deeply concerned about the recent decision in Kyiv's Solomiansky Court where evidence provided by the UK in relation to the case against Roman Nasirov was ruled inadmissible and disregarded," the Embassy said in a statement on Twitter on Friday, June 16.
According to the Embassy, the UK authorities will now review the facts and consider if criminal offences have been committed by a British citizen who may be tried in the UK.
"This case underscores the urgent need for progress towards a reformed, independent and transparent judicial system and the swift introduction of specialized Anti-Corruption Court with strictly vetted judges capable of properly trying high profile corruption cases," the statement said.
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British Embassy statement on the criminal case against Roman Nasirov pic.twitter.com/9bYq395O5n— UK in Ukraine (@UKinUkraine) June 16, 2017
As was earlier reported, the British Embassy in Ukraine confirmed to the Ukrainian authorities information about Nasirov's British passport.
"British Embassy Kyiv stands by the letter sent to NABU [National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine] on 6 March 2017 and subsequent material provided by UK Passport Office to Ukr side," British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough wrote on Twitter.
Gough was responding to assertions by Nasirov about misinformation about his possession of British passport.