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 Data on $2M embezzlement case discovered at Nasirov's house

An extract from the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations of Ukraine containing information on a probe into appropriation of $2 million allocated by the U.S. government for the reform of the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) was found at Roman Nasirov's house.

A Censor.NET correspondent reports from the courtroom.

The list of items found during a search at Nasirov's place includes an extract from the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations No. 4201600000000688. The extract was issued on May 16, 2016. As part of the case, the PGO received a warrant to search the Anti-Corruption Action Center (AntAC) known to be one of Ukraine's leading anti-corruption NGOs.

Read more: Court lifts seizure of Nasirov's domestic passport


After that, the AntAC reported pressure by the PGO. The American side said the AntAC had received $190,000 for the institutional development of Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP).

As for the mentioned $2 million, it was allocated by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the U.S. Department of Justice to stimulate reforms within the PGO.

Prosecutor Symkiv says he does not know why the extract was found at Nasirov's place.

Read more: Nasirov didn't show up for appeals hearing regarding impounded belongings

Earlier, Nasirov filed an appeal against a court order to impound his national passport. However, he failed to attend today's hearing on the seizure of his belongings.

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 led to 2 billion 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.

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. During the meeting it became known that Nasirov has the citizenship of Great Britain and Hungary.

As a result, after 3 a.m. on March 7, Judge of the Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv Oleksandr Bobrovnyk, partially granted the motion of the prosecution, having remanded Nasirov in a 60-day custody, until April 30, 2017, with the possibility to be released on a 100 million hryvnia bail. It should be noted that the prosecution wanted the bail to be set at 2 billion hryvnia. Ex-deputy prosecutor general David Sakvarelidze said at the rally outside the courthouse that the Presidential Administration required the court to reduce Nasirov's bail to 10 million hryvnia. In turn, Poroshenko said he was not advised on the progress in the proceeding against Nasirov.

March 13, the court dismissed the appeal against court decision to impose pre-trial detention against Nasirov with the right to post 100 million hryvnia in bail. The prosecutor's petition to increase the bail amount up to 2 billion hryvnia was also dismissed.

March 16, Nasirov was released from custody after his spouse and father-in-law posted a 100 million hryvnia ($3.7 million) bail.
 
 
 
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