NABU: search operation in Justice Ministry was lawful, prevented destruction of documents

Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) carried out immediate investigative actions (search operation) in the office a Justice Ministry official and in his home in the light of intelligence about possible destruction of important evidence.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was said by NABU Department Chief Oleksandr Karieiev.

"The urgency of the search resulted from the intelligence about possible destruction of documents that the Justice Ministry should submit under a probe held by the NABU detectives. The search operation (in the Ministry of Justice - Ed.) confirmed this information - the remains of the documents were seized. The search was held under part 3 of article 233 of Ukraine’s Criminal Procedure Code in order to rescue items bearing signs of hard evidence," the statement reads.

The law enforcer also said that official papers which the ministry was to submit to the NABU pursuant to the court ruling were also seized at home of a Justice Ministry official.

"We emphasize that these investigative actions were lawful, substantiated, and coordinated with the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. The NABU detectives request the court to authorize the seizure of evidence found during the search. The NABU detectives have been investigating this criminal case since June 2017," Karieiev said.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3038291