Nasirov declares desire to prove innocence in court
Suspended ex-chief of Ukraine's Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov has said the case against him is a farce and declared his innocence, saying he would fight the charges in Ukrainian and European courts.
"The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has no evidence and can have no evidence of guilt. The case against is an opportunity for society at large to learn that I am innocent of all charges," Nasirov said on Thursday during a press conference in the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
Nasirov expressed disappointment that there is no anti-corruption court in Ukraine currently, saying NABU would lose the case against him and then appeal the verdict to a higher court.
"Maybe that's their plan, to wreck everything in order to have the opportunity later to say, 'Some one interfered,'" Nasirov said, noting that case materials against him contain no proof and are just waste paper.
As earlier reported, NABU suspects Nasirov of committing crimes pursuant to Part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (misuse of public office leading to serious consequences).
Kyiv's Solomiansky District Court on March 7 remanded Nasirov in custody for 60 days and set bail at UAH 100 million. Ukraine's Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO), meanwhile, requested the court set bail at UAH 2 billion.
On March 16, SAPO said Nasirov and his wife had posted UAH 100 million bail.
On May 30, NABU turned down Nasirov's request to leave Ukraine for medical treatment.
Kyiv's District Solomiansky District Court on June 2 turned down a request by Nasirov to change the terms of his pretrial detention.
NABU detectives and SAPO agents filed a motion to recover UAH 100 million bail from Nasirov because he did not turn in his British passport. The court rejected the motion and its decision cannot be appealed.