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 McCain commended apprehension of Nasirov and encouraged to continue anti-corruption efforts

U.S. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the statement on the arrest of the director of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov, pending embezzlement charges.

Censor.NET reports citing McCain's official website.

"The arrest of Roman Nasirov, Ukraine's top tax official and director of the State Fiscal Service, pending embezzlement charges is a positive step forward for the Government of Ukraine in its fight against the corruption," the statement reads.

Read more: Nasirov is subject of Great Britain, - SAP chief Kholodnytskyi

According to McCain, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has done commendable work on this investigation and in its tireless efforts to tackle official corruption.

"Ukraine's long-term stability and success depend on its commitment to reform, including strengthening rule of law and fighting corruption. I commend the Government of Ukraine on its progress and encourage it to continue its anti-corruption efforts," he added.

Watch more: Solomianskyi court hears Nasirov case. LIVE

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."

See more: Activists gather outside Solomianskyi courthouse to wait for Nasirov's arrest. PHOTOS

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.

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.

See more: MPs of Petro Poroshenko Bloc came to support Nasirov, - Zhurzhii. PHOTO

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.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n431561
 
 
 
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