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 Rozenblat of NABU agent Kateryna: "We had close friendly relationship"

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Agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) Kateryna was introduced to Rozenblat by his brother, who met her through a former employee of law enforcement agencies.

Rozenblat told Ukrainski Novyny in an interview, Censor.NET reports.

He told the story of meeting Kateryna for the first time: "She came to my office with my brother, whom she met through a former employee of law enforcement agencies, who asked me to meet her as she represented a large Arab company. That's how the story started in July 2016," Rozenblat said.

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Answering a question of whether he had any suspicions about the girl being an agent, Rozenblat said:

"You know, I am a Rada MP; hundreds of people address me daily, asking for help. People are important for me, and I help them when I can. Especially when it's about creation of jobs, legal business, and new opportunities. And don't forget that I am a person who continues fighting for legalization of amber mining, and will do my best to leave it to the Ukrainian people, not to the criminals covered by law enforcers.

"I asked several times why the website of the company [that Kateryna represented - ed.] did not work. When I was in the UAE in February, I wanted to meet the company manager. But she said they were busy traveling the world.

"I just had no time to check this person. I probably have paid for my trust, but this is not an obstacle. People should be trusted. If they trust you to be a Rada member, you have to trust people who come to you."

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Answering a question about alleged intimate relations between him and Kateryna, Rozenblat said this issue should be left to the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, NABU, and other agencies.

"We communicated for one year. What happened should be the issue of the investigation," the MP said, and confirmed they were seeing each other quite often.

"We had close friendly relationship," Rozenblat said.

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On July 7, t he Verkhovna Rada regulation committee considered the motion by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko on providing consent to indictment, detention, and arrest of Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) MP Boryslav Rozenblat, and found it well grounded. On July 11, Rada supported lifting immunity of Rozenblat.

On June 19, NABU detectives detained a bodyguard of Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) MP Boryslav Rozenblat. The bodyguard was carrying a bag with $200,000 in cash. The MP called it a 'provocation.' NABU head Sytnyk announced later that his agency drafted a motion on lifting immunity of people's deputies Boryslav Rozenblat and Maksym Poliakov.

On June 22, Solomianskyi court has ruled to arrest another suspect in the so-called 'amber case,' Kostiantyn Proskurko, for 60 days.
 
 
 
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