NABU considers PGO actions in VAB Bank case as attempt to sabotage it
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) considers the refusal of the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to approve the extradition of former owner of VAB Bank Oleh Bakhmatiuk as an attempt to sabotage the investigation of a particularly grave crime.
"Recently, the Prosecutor General's Office explained why it refuses to approve the extradition of the former owner of VAB Bank, whom NABU and SAPO (Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office) suspect of taking over UAH 1.2 billion of a loan provided by the National Bank of Ukraine. The key argument is that NABU allegedly violated the norms of national and international legislation during the investigation. This is not true. We regard such actions of individuals in the PGO as the attempt to sabotage the investigation of the particularly grave crime," the NABU said on its Facebook page.
The bureau said that it categorically disagreed with such actions of the Department of International Legal Cooperation of the Prosecutor General's Office, due to which on December 8, they submitted a disciplinary complaint against the actions of its head. "The agency of the pretrial investigation is convinced that now there are all legal grounds for starting the extradition to Ukraine of the former owner of VAB Bank," the bureau said.
As reported, NABU suspects owner of Ukrlandfarming agricultural holding and former beneficial owner of VAB Bank Bakhmatiuk, allegedly in collusion with former first deputy head of the National Bank of Ukraine Oleksandr Pysaruk to withdraw UAH 1.2 billion of refinancing from this commercial bank in 2014.