17:04 13.11.2019

VAB Bank ex-owner Bakhmatiuk denies receiving notice of suspicion, conspiracy with NBU ex-deputy head Pysaruk

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The prosecutor's office and the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have artificially involved the former first deputy head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Oleksandr Pysaruk, in the VAB Bank case, because according to the law, the NABU has no right to conduct this case, and as a result of its investigation by other law enforcement authorities, it was closed four times, ex-owner of the bank Oleh Bakhmatiuk has stated.

"I saw Pysaruk only once in his office. What conspiracy between Bakhmatiuk and Pysaruk could be, if Pysaruk withdrew two of my banks from the market," Bakhmatiuk emphasized, commenting on the prosecutor's version of conspiracy for the issue of a stabilization loan for UAH 1.2 billion in 2014.

The businessman also found it difficult to imagine how such an alleged conspiracy could be proved.

"Somehow empirically or through intimidation," he suggested the purpose of the NABU's detentions of suspects.

The ex-owner of VAB Bank also indicated that he had a direct conflict of interests with NABU Head Artem Sytnyk, about which Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka and his first deputy Vitaliy Kasko, who decided to transfer the case to the NABU, knew.

Bakhmatiuk denies making him suspect in the case.

"I believe that there is no suspicion. It's like they came to the grandfather in the village," the businessman said. He added that he had never been summoned to the NABU.

Earlier on Wednesday, the NABU reported that it had notified Bakhmatiuk, who is now abroad, and former chairman of VAB Bank's board Denys Maltsev in absentia of suspicion within the VAB Bank case.

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