NABU, PGO chief reconcile as Lutsenko admits public row "mistake"
Following a meeting between Heads of the Prosecutor General's Office and National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the two top law enforcers "came to a common conclusion that a public row was a mistake", Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels, TSN reports.
"I have no right to turn a blind eye to the fact that NABU, as our professional prosecutors and I see it, today violates certain parts of the legislation. We met with Mr. Sytnik [NABU chief] just the other day. After he returned from the United States, we discussed the situation, and came to a common conclusion that a public row was a mistake. Those claims by NABU that their work is being hindered… Other things, including on my part… This is something neither Ukrainians nor those beyond Ukraine understand," Lutsenko said, according to TSN.
He noted that "even if one of us is right, it still strikes a blow at the entire law enforcement system."
"So I initially proposed - and I stick to the idea – that we discuss all issues at the table and take real steps toward each other. I mean, for example, that I have submitted to Parliament the amendments I’d signed to the laws that are inadequate from my perspective. For example, it’s about selecting undercover agents at open bids. See, everyone understands that this is not normal. Stirlitz [a main character of a Soviet WWII spy saga] would probably go nuts had he been told to pass an open bid to get his job. But on the other hand, this is the law. If it's wrong, it should be changed, not broken," Lutsenko said.
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