Lutsenko admits public row between PG, NABU "wrong"
Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko during his Brussels visit admitted that bringing a dispute between the PGO and the National Anti-corruption Bureau into a public domain was "wrong".
Lutsenko has assured journalists he is interested in working together to achieve results in the fight against corruption, an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels reported.
Following his meetings with representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament, he spoke of the purpose of his visit to the EU institutions.
"One of the goals [of the visit] is to clarify the situation with the relations between the independent SAPO [Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office], NABU, and PGO and our colleagues from the SBU [Security Service], SFS [State Fiscal Service], and National Police. Yes, indeed, in the past year, the information attack of these institutions on each other may have been interesting, but not useful either for [NABU Director Artem] Sytnik and I, or our agencies, or Ukraine. We have admitted this. I was not the one who started the discussion, but I take responsibility for this mistake, if only because I am more experienced and, perhaps, older. I let myself be dragged into this discussion. I think such a degree of publicity was wrong. It is this message that I brought here," Lutsenko said.
Read alsoNABU, PGO chief reconcile as Lutsenko admits public row "mistake"At the same time, the Prosecutor General expressed his conviction that it was "a necessary discussion because there are too many myths around the PGO and NABU, too many fake news are being made."
"I'm more than anyone else interested in NABU’s effectiveness because I cannot explain to our citizens that the prosecutor general is deprived of the right to investigate cases of today's officials suspected of corruption. This is exclusively the monopoly of NABU. Therefore, I think that we must work together to achieve results, and add to those 1,692 verdicts against mid-level corrupt officials at least 10 against today’s high-ranking officials. It will be a common victory, and no one will notice whether it was the PGO or NABU. Actually, people don’t care. The better the final result, the fewer complaints that someone is hindering someone else’s efforts. This is my conviction," said Lutsenko.
The Prosecutor General also stressed the need to resolve the "dispute with NABU exclusively through legal methods, namely, by changing the law."
"It's so easy to spell out: all NABU operatives ‘except undercover agents’ are selected in an open competition. Is that so difficult? It's easy to do. Or, for example, NABU’s independent wiretapping. Is this possible? Yes, it is possible. Can we do this now? Yes we can. We must calmly draft amendments to the law, and if my influence on Parliament is required, and I have a bit of that, I am ready to help," Lutsenko said.
Read alsoNABU searching home of recent sting operation target – mediaAlso, the Prosecutor General considers it important to put an end to the practice of provoking bribes.
"Yes, we have facts that indicate signs of provoking bribes. These practices must be stopped. Unfortunately, we must work in this direction, and this applies not only to NABU, but also to the police and SBU. And none of them should call any legitimate supervision action or suspicion notices a "war". Our European colleagues agreed with that," added Lutsenko.