PGO opens case against NABU director under request of MP from People's Front
Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has opened a criminal case against Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk under a request of MP from People's Front Olena Masorina, Prosecutor General's spokesperson Larysa Sarhan has told the Ukrayinska Pravda publication.
Sarhan said that the Office for investigation of crimes committed by employees of the agencies combating crime of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office is conducting a pre-trial investigation in criminal proceedings launched on November 16, 2017 under an appeal of MP Masorina and a statement of Iryna Nemets, wife of Deputy Military Prosecutor Kostiantyn Kulik, whom NABU and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) are suspected of illicit enrichment.
According to the PGO, investigative and secret investigative actions against Nemets by NABU and SAPO officials led to the violation of the privacy of a person, violation of secrecy of her correspondence and telephone conversations. It has also resulted in the disclosure of the data of the pretrial investigation, discrediting the honor and dignity of Nemets, on the grounds of the criminal offenses provided in Part 2 of Article 163, Part 1 of Article 182, Part 1 of Article 328, Part 2 of Article 387 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
According to information from the unified register of the pretrial investigations the Ukrayinska Pravda has, the criminal proceedings were registered on November 16, 2017 in pursuance of Part 1 of Article 328 of the Criminal Code (disclosure of state secrets by a person, to whom this information was entrusted or became available in connection with his/her official duties, provided that no elements of high treason or espionage were involved).
According to the Ukrayinska Pravda, Masorina alleged that Sytnyk in summer 2017 gave an unofficial interview to journalists and presented the details and circumstances of pretrial investigations in some criminal cases most talked about. In particular, Sytnyk disclosed information about the circumstances of personal life of Nemets.