11:07 23.11.2017

Politicians discrediting anti-corruption bodies attempting to limit NABU grants of authority - Sytnyk

Politicians discrediting anti-corruption bodies attempting to limit NABU grants of authority - Sytnyk

Some politicians are discrediting anti-corruption bodies in order to restrict the powers of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), the bureau's director, Artem Sytnyk, has said.

He said at a meeting with members of the Verkhovna Rada anti-corruption committee in Kyiv on Wednesday that representatives of some political parties, against whom criminal proceedings are being investigated, make statements with the aim of discrediting anti-corruption bodies.

"Why is it done? Some colleagues make some mistakes, and this helps talk about a conflict between anti-corruption bodies," Sytnyk said.

"It's done for one thing - to push through the decisions that could not be pushed through before. These are laws that make it possible to deprive the NABU of part of its jurisdiction, laws that will probably subordinate the Anti-Corruption Bureau to the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), which is just being created. This is a law that may return alternative jurisdiction or even destroy the Anti-Corruption Bureau. This is the appointment of an auditor who will finally write what is needed for those political forces that are not interested in these investigations," he said.

To achieve this goal, according to Sytnyk, politicians use the media resources under their control.

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