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 70 Anti-Corruption Bureau detectives assumed office, - Bureau Head Sytnyk

Oct. 1, 70 National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) detectives assumed office, the Bureau Head Artem Sytnyk said.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle he said that the average salary of detectives would make UAH 31,000 (about $1,455), "the salary which may reduce the risk of corruption," Censor.NET reports.

"We now have 70 detectives selected by public commission. Some 2,700 applications have been submitted. After passing law, psychological, and lie detector tests, 70 people were selected. This week we announce a new competition, we want to employ 70 more detectives," he said.

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"All of them have a law degree, two years of working experience in the field. I am certain about them. They have been selected with the direct participation of the public - the selection board includes representatives of different NGOs. In addition, the internal control department is being established, its head having just been chosen through an open competition. It is a kind of special service that will permanently keep a close eye on detectives' life style to identify possible corrupt actions in their work, " Sytnyk said.

He added that the NABU would have a special operations department, its first employees having been already enrolled. "They will be responsible for three basic functions - detention of corrupt officials, ensuring safety of parties in criminal cases as well as bureau's personnel. We will have all means at our disposal necessary to detain an official of any rank," the head of the bureau said.

According to him, the NABU has two priorities: "Fighting corruption in the judiciary and public procurement."

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Until an anti-corruption prosecutor is appointed, no sensational arrests should be expected, though the NABU has already started its work. "Our priority is incumbent officials. The prime minister, members of the government, 1st and 2nd category civil servants, governors and their deputies, etc. As for the judges, should any of them commit a corruption offense, we are after the person no matter if it is a district judge or the head of the Constitutional Court," he explained.
 
 
 
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