NABU opens case to check lawfulness of receiving diplomatic passport by MP Rozenblat
The lawfulness of grounds for receiving a diplomatic passport by MP Boryslav Rozenblat that was seized by detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on October 19, 2017, will be checked. A separate criminal case has been opened.
"The information about the start of the investigation was placed to the unified public register of pretrial investigations by NABU detectives on October 20. The preliminary charges could be brought under Part 1 of Article 366 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (forgery in office)," the press service of NABU said on Friday.
According to investigators, officials from the secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada acting in collusion with Rozenblat placed deliberately untrue information to official documents helping Rozenblat to leave the country.
"In particular, officials of the inter-parliamentary communications department of the secretariat of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada sent a letter to the department of the consular service of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry with a request to issue a diplomatic passport to MP Boryslav Rosenblat, who allegedly was to go to Israel to study opportunities for cooperation between Ukraine and the Israeli Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Association of Producers of Israel from October 18 through October 22, 2017," the bureau said.
The NABU said that the diplomatic passport was issued to Rozenblat after receiving this letter. Rozenblat used this passport for personal purposes on October 19 seeking to travel to Germany.
"The data, indicating the possible entry of false information into the official documents, were established by NABU detectives during the investigation into the facts of taking a bribe for the assistance to a foreign company in amber mining in Ukraine (the so-called 'amber case')," the bureau said.