PGO says NABU top officials ignored state secrecy laws
Results of investigatory work and searches in the case involving entrapment by National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) agents show that NABU officials ignored laws on state secrets, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) of Ukraine said on Friday, December 1.
According to the PGO, on September 26, 2017 first deputy head of Ukraine's State Migration Service (SMS) appealed to Ukraine's SBU Security Service in writing about a bribe provocation involving her. Based on information provided the information was entered into the Single Register of Court Cases and investigative activities were begun. As a result, a NABU agent was detained attempting to bribe a SMS official.
"This act was the result of entrapment involving a $15,000 bribe offered to the deputy SMS head in exchange for illegally approving preparation of citizenship documents, legalization of documents belonging to foreign states in contrivance of prescribed legal procedures," the PGO said.
Simultaneously, according to prosecutors, "searches were made in an apartment where the operation was planned, in a secret office… in the second subdivision of NABU and at the residence of the "secret unit of NABU."
The PGO said that in one private residence in Kyiv used as a secret office of the second subdivision of NABU in Kozyn "a large amount of documents classified "Secret" and "Top Secret" and "For Personal Use Only" was seized, along with electronic equipment used to conduct surveillance, the passports of foreign citizens and materials documenting clandestine investigative actions, which were processed in the absence of the cleared NABU agent."
"Results of the SBU and PGO investigation, including searches, show NABU top officials practically ignored state secrecy laws," the PGO said, adding that on November 30, 2017 the NABU agent who offered the SMS official a bribe was served a suspicion notice pursuant to Article 369 and 370 of Ukraine's Criminal Code.