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 SAP probes some 350 corruption cases, - Kholodnytskyi

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) is currently probing some 300-350 corruption cases.

SAP Head Nazar Kholodnytskyi said in an interview with Censor.NET.

"More than 300... 350 [corruption cases - ed.]. I'm not ready to give the exact figure," Kholodnytskyi said.

He noted 17 cases were to be referred to court in October, but fewer got there eventually due to "various procedural moments."

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"There is one more specificity. In nearly every proceeding where probe is almost over, we have to ask court to limit the term lawyers have to study the case files. The defense constantly use delaying tactics. They are entitled to this, but we need a right to limit them. Only five or six cases have been referred to court so far.

"There was a case when a substituting lawyer took the case files and simply ran away from the court: 'I've got to go to the restroom, will be right back.' Then she left the courtroom and disappeared so as to prevent the session from proceeding... It may sound funny and ridiculous, but this is our reality. The delays happen due to such situations.

"They ask me: 'What Criminal Procedure Code is better to work with?'. I say: 'If we had the old one, all corrupt officials would be in custody rather than remanded on bail.' It was more prosecutor-oriented, while the present one is more lawyer-friendly," Kholodnytskyi said.

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