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 Nasirov has British, Hungarian citizenship, - prosecutor Symkiv. DOCUMENT

Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) says suspended Chairman of the State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov has citizenship of the U.K. and Hungary.

Prosecutor Yaroslav Symkiv said at the hearing of the Solomianskyi district court in Kyiv, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

SAP member showed documents confirming that Nasirov had received passport of a U.K. citizen and asked the court to tender it in the evidence. In addition, the prosecutors said they had information that the State Fiscal Service chief obtained Hungarian citizenship.

"The question whether a person with foreign citizenship may have access to state secret is rhetorical,"- prosecutor Andrii Perov said.

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Nasirov's defense refutes these allegations. The lawyers say Nasirov's family name in these documents is written incorrectly. They also disprove authenticity of the signature to the document.

MP Mustafa Nayyem later published a certificate confirming that Roman Nasirov obtained British citizenship back in May 2012.

"It's no longer an investigatory privilege. Besides the fact that this is an official document, it is also a strong argument in favor of our rally outside the Solomianskyi court. Hopefully, the court will take into account this document when considering a pre-trial restriction for the former fiscal service head," the lawmaker said.

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A photocopy of Nasirov's Hungarian passport was also posted by activists on social media.

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Tax and customs service chief Roman Nasirov was first taken to the courtroom on March 4.

However, after he was examined by a doctor, the judge ruled to postpone the meeting to choose a preventive measure against Nasirov until the next day. On March 5, after the judge refused to adjourn the session again, the defense demanded his recusal, and the hearing halted.

Meanwhile, Automaidan activists gathered outside the courthouse to stay overnight and prevent Nasirov's possible escape.

In the morning, more activists began to arrive at the court building.

After the session started, the court denied the disqualification of the judge and rejected a forensic examination of Nasirov's state.

Even earlier, the court adjourned the hearing in the Nasirov case, following a motion by the lawyers to recuse the investigating judge. The lawyers demanded to postpone the hearing until Nasirov's condition stabilized, but the court overturned the motion.

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March 2, NABU and SAP agents arrived at Feofania hospital to serve an indictment for criminal offence against Ukraine's chief taxman Roman Nasirov. The doctors barred the investigators and prosecutor from entering the ward saying Nasirov had allegedly suffered a heart attack. SAP head Nazar Kholodnytskyi said the decision to launch procedural activities into the case was made due to possible Nasirov's departure abroad and elimination of evidence. A video footage of Nasirov being served an indictment in Feofania hospital has been posted online.

SAP accuses Nasirov of taking unreasonable decisions on restructuring rental fees for the extraction of minerals, which helped Ukraine's fugitive MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko implement corruption schemes he is being charged with. This had lead to 2 bln hryvnia damage to the state ($74 million). Onyshchenko said the investigation would "prove nothing: there were no money in my relations with Nasirov."

Later, NABU said it was preparing a bail hearing inquiry regarding Nasirov. The detainee's lawyers say that Nasirov's health deteriorated and he underwent another surgery. SAP head Kholodnytskyi said he doubted Nasirov's diagnosis.

March 3, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine suspended Nasirov from office pending investigation. Myroslav Prodan was appointed acting head of the State Fiscal Service.

Nasirov said in an interview he had cooperated with the investigation since mid-2016.
   
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