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Ukraine's SAP office to file for Nasirov’s removal from post of State Fiscal Service head

Source : 112 Ukraine

The head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Kholodnytsky commented on the case against Roman Nasirov, the ex-chairman of the State Fiscal Service
21:27, 12 December 2018

Nazar Kholodnytsky, SAPO head
General Prosecutor's Office

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) will prepare a motion to remove Roman Nasirov from the post of the head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. The SAPO head Nazar Kholodnytsky told this to 112 Ukraine.

“Taking into account that the case is already in the court and the next hearing is scheduled for January 2019, we will prepare a petition to remove him from the post if this decision takes effect and he will try to take the office. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office believes it is right and necessary to discharge him of duty,” Kholodnytsky said.

He reminded that the investigation of case against Nasirov was completed last year and for more than a year, prosecutors, on demand of the defense, have been reading the indictment on 774 pages of printed text.

“At the hearings in 2017 and at the beginning of 2018, we have read 394 pages, as for today. In my opinion, it's delaying the process, but these delays are legal. We cannot take measures to accelerate it,” the SAPO head noted.

Related: State Fiscal Service does not get court decision on reinstatement of Nasirov

Kholodnytsky is convinced that the necessity of the Anti-Corruption Court is as actual as never before.

"The correct selection of judges, including that with the help of international partners, will ensure the quality and speed of our consideration of these cases. I hope that with the launch of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court, we will be able to hold criminal proceedings every day, and breaks will not be measured in months," Nazar Kholodnytsky said.

As it was reported earlier, in November 2017, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office passed the indictment against Nasirov. The investigation found out that Roman Nasirov was involved in corrupt acts in the gas extraction area; the case is related to the figure of Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko who created a corrupt scheme in the gas industry. 

The investigation of the said gas case by the NABU began in December 2015. According to the prosecution, the members of the criminal organization unlawfully acquired $59 million through selling natural gas over the period from January 2013 to June 2016. Ukrgazvydobuvannya lost over $27 million as a result. The investigation established that 29 people were involved in this case. Seven of them are on the wanted list, including Onyshchenko. 12 indictments against 18 people were submitted to the court and 7 of them have already been found guilty.

The court even sentenced him to 60 days in prison, but Nasirov was bailed out quickly. The sum of the bail exceeded 36,000 U.S. dollars. The media reported that Nasirov has two passports, the Ukrainian and the British ones.

Nasirov runs for the presidency in 2019.

Related: Who is corruptionist Nasirov, reinstated as Ukraine's State Fiscal Service chief?

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