18:02 15.04.2015

SBU freezes 26 accounts of ex-high ranking officials in Ukraine - Nalyvaichenko

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SBU freezes 26 accounts of ex-high ranking officials in Ukraine - Nalyvaichenko

Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) is investigating nine criminal proceedings into economic crimes committed by former high-ranking officials and has frozen 26 of their bank accounts in Ukraine, SBU Head Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has said.

"The SBU opened nine criminal proceedings on economic crimes by former high-ranking officials," he said while speaking at a meeting of the parliamentary committee on preventing and combating corruption.

As part of these criminal proceedings, the SBU blocked "26 bank accounts of former high-ranking officials in the territory of Ukraine."

"Some 645 interrogations and 121 searches were carried out," he said.

Nalyvaichenko, when asked about whose bank accounts were blocked, said that this concerns the bank accounts of former SBU head Oleksandr Yakymenko, former Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev, and former Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.

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