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 US monitors situation with attempts to curtail NABU’s independence, - Ambassador Yovanovitch

The U.S. closely monitors the situation with attempts to interfere with the independence of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in investigation of corruption-related cases.

This was stated by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch at the Kyiv International Economic Forum 2016 on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

The diplomat added that the U.S. kept a close eye on the new bill intended to diminish the independence of the NABU registered this week.

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According to the ambassador, Ukraine's progress in terms of prosecution and conviction of high-ranking corrupt officials is critical. She added that the U.S. wanted to make sure the NABU had all the necessary tools to make it happen.

Earlier, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko declared his intention to settle the jurisdiction dispute between the law enforcement agencies by depriving the NABU of its exclusive right to investigate crimes of corruption.

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Speaking about legislative initiatives drafted by the law enforcement agencies, he noted the need to address the issue of jurisdiction between these agencies.

"There is so much crime in the country that is inefficient to grant the exclusive right to fight against offenses committed by senior officials to one small law enforcement agency. We are not going to reduce NABU's powers one iota. However, if the police, State Fiscal Service members, or prosecutors close in on the same officials, these agencies may continue investigating these cases by the decision of the prosecutor general," Lutsenko explained.

In turn, NABU strongly disagrees with this approach.
 
 
 
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