National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has published fragment of declassified records of tapping the head of Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytsky. The parts of his conversations were posted by the NABU in Youtube on Wednesday, as the bureau reported in Facebook.
“The National Bureau believes necessary to make public the fragments of the declassified materials of covert investigation held in the cabinet of the SAP head,” the message says.
NABU also noted that investigation was conducted under the ruling of investigating judge within the frameworks of criminal proceedings registered by the General Prosecutor’s Office.
“As a result of this, according to NABU, facts that could evidence criminal and disciplinary offence in the actions of the SAP head. In particular, it could be instigation of witnesses to give false testament or disclosing information of pre-trial investigation to persons not involved in the corresponding criminal proceedings,” the message says.
The video record contains the fragment of Kholodnytsky's conversation with the witness on the case of bribing Health Minister Uliana Suprun.
NABU also said that the revealed facts of possible offences in the actions of SAP head “do not in any way characterize the work of the organization he heads,” and the cooperation of NABU detectives and SAP prosecutor’s in investigating criminal cases will proceed in normal mode.
At the same time, the Bureau noted that the question of prosecuting the SAP head is in the competence of the General Prosecutor’s Office as the body of pre-trial investigation in this case. As for the disciplinary component of the case, on March 30, 2018, NABU Director Artem Sytnyk filed a complaint to the Qualification-Disciplinary Commission of Prosecutors.
Earlier, 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.
Video of the tapping record: