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 Nothing seized in PGO's search at NABU premises, - Bureau

An investigative group of the Prosecutor General's Office arrived at the National Anti-Corruption Bureau's premises at 3 Surikova St. in Kyiv on Aug. 5 with the purpose to conduct search.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by the NABU press service.

The Bureau says the group is led by deputy head of Economic crimes department of PGO Dmytro Sus.

"To confirm the lawfulness of their activities, PGO investigators have presented a court ruling. The search is grounded on an investigation into NABU officers' illegal eavesdropping of phone conversations of a defendant in a NABU-investigated case," the message reads.

It is also reported that NABU presented PGO employees with documents that confirm the Bureau's activities are legal. NABU explained that under effective legislation, the Bureau has no powers for autonomous eavesdropping and uses the capabilities of SBU. It said facts on which the search is based are not true.

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"It is noteworthy that these proceedings were commenced in April, immediately after NABU had initiated an active public discussion on granting the Bureau rights for warrantless eavesdropping. The case was put on the shelf for three months. And now, when the relevant bill has been drafted, agreed, and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, the investigators raid the National Bureau. Another interesting fact is that the article, which the criminal proceedings have been initiated under, does not fall within the competence of the department headed by Mr. Sus," Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk pointed out.

The NABU also noted that no actions aimed at the seizure of papers or searching the offices of employees or other premises of the Bureau were made by the members of the Prosecutor General's Office as at 2 p.m. Aug. 5.

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"NABU special operations squad was deployed in the building during the search to avoid possible provocations and maintain order. The information earlier spread by some media that the 'Alpha' spetsnaz squad of the SBU was allegedly spotted on the territory of NABU is untrue," the agency added.

Earlier, 112 Ukraine TV channel reported quoting SAP Head Nazar Kholodnytskyi as saying that the PGO was searching the premises of NABU.

 
 
 
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