IMF urges Ukrainian authorities to provide independence of NABU, SAP

Source : 112 Ukraine

Lagarde also demands to adopt law on independent anti-corruption court
12:20, 7 December 2017

Lagarde in a Paris courtroom, December 12, 2016

Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged the authorities of Ukraine to provide the independence of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office as the press service of the IMF reported.

'We are deeply concerned by recent events in Ukraine that could roll back progress that has been made in setting up independent institutions to tackle high-level corruption', she noted.

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According to Lagarde, fighting corruption is a key demand of the Ukrainian society and is part of the government’s commitment under the program with the IMF.

Moreover, she also urged the Ukrainian authorities to move quickly with legislation to operationalize an independent anticorruption court consistent with the recommendations of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, which is essential to credibly adjudicate high-level corruption cases.

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As we reported earlier that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) during the attempt to bribe Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of State Migration Service.

Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service revealed her version of the incident with the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). According to her, Serhy Boyarsky, the NABU agent established the informal friendly relations with her and began to offer a bribe to legalize the foreigners.

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The detectives say they had made up a cover story, by which the undercover agent came into contact with Pimakhova, and in November she agreed to help with giving out a permit for temporary residence for $30.000

Later Artem Sytnyk, the Head of Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine claimed that all cover operations of the NABU agents were stopped.

Moreover, Yury Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine that the NABU performed an illegal act when it asked for the FBI assistance while searching the State Migration Service office.

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