National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has opened criminal proceedings against ex-Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko for alleged abuse of authority. This is stated in the NABU’s response to the request made by Ukrainian News.
The case was opened in compliance with the Kyiv Solomensky Court’s decision, which ordered to investigate Lutsenko's probable crimes. Criminal proceedings are opened under Article 364 (1) of the Criminal Code (abuse of authority or office).
As we reported earlier, American media reported that it was the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko who, according to U.S. prosecutors, urged two associates of Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani - namely, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman - to assist in the removal of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
According to the indictment, the efforts of Parnas and Fruman to remove Jovanovic from office "were made, at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials."
At the same time, neither in the indictment nor at the press conference did the federal prosecutors specify why an unnamed Ukrainian official or officials allegedly called on Parnas and Fruman to develop a scheme to remove Jovanovic.