Ukrainian Politics, Economics

 Prosecutor General Lutsenko: Danyliuk seeks my resignation in attempt to avoid criminal liability

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko commented on the big statement of the Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk.

"I consider his statement as an obvious desire to avoid criminal responsibility," Lutsenko said, Censor.NET reports referring to LB.UA.

In summer, the prosecutor general requested the Cabinet of Ministers to dismiss Danyliuk.

 Read more: London court freezes Kolomoiskyi's, Boholiubov's worldwide assets, - Privatbank

The State Fiscal Service checked Danyliuk’s asset and income declaration and confirmed that the minister failed to pay 700,000 hryvnia (about $25,000) in taxes. "Danyliuk must either pay out the taxes or serve a prison term," Ukraine’s top prosecutor said.

As for the cases against the now Privatbank managers, the PGO could not but initiate criminal proceedings under the motions filed by MP Oleksandr Dubinin. According to Lutsenko, the lawmaker filed requests to the PGO and NABU in September and November to investigate alleged offenses committed by the employees of the state-owned Privatbank after signing agreements with Kroll Associates and other companies.

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"The law obliges to register motions. NABU has registered two cases. We have registered additional counts within the already existing cases of Privatbank. The investigators obtained warrants to seize these contracts from Ukraine’s National Bank (NBU) and Privatbank. But the testimony of NBU Deputy Chief Kateryna Rozhkova and the analysis of the law on the National Bank proved that article 3 of the law allows the NBU to order audit without tenders. Thus, we have quashed the decisions and dismissed these counts. Similar cases of the NABU can still be found in the register," Lutsenko said.

Earlier, Finance Minister Danyliuk accused the PGO of dragging out the investigation into actions of former Privatbank managers and owners as well as criminal prosecution of current bank managers, officials of the Finance Ministry and NBU and the advisers they have hired. In this regard, he urged the prosecutor general to resign.

Eaven earlier, the PGO launched a probe into possible collusion of employees of Privatbank, Ukraine’s National Bank, and Kroll Associates U.K. Limited, a U.K.-based investigative firm involved in anti-corruption campaign in Privatbank before its nationalization. The PGO initiated a case into bringing Privatbank to insolvency on July 4, 2017.

Bank's Board Chairman Oleksandr Shlapak said 36 loans were signed by the former chairman of the board, Oleksandr Dubilet, with him exceeding the powers. The National Bank was provided unreliable data on uncovered credit risk and undeveloped reserves, and borrowers were not checked for relatedness, their financial position was artificially overstated.

Read more: NABU raids head office of Privatbank

On Dec. 18, 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers announced its decision to nationalize Privatbank, the largest privately-held bank of Ukraine. The government intends to issue 30-year domestic government loan notes worth 150 billion hryvnia ($5.54 billion) and become a 100-percent owner of the bank. The bank's first deputy CEO announced the decision was made after an unprecedented information attack on the bank and a threat it posed to its clients. The bank's leadership assured the clients their savings will be safe, naming it the key condition in the talks. In his turn, Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danyliuk confirmed the clients' money will be safe and protected by the state. Due to the nationalization procedure, Privatbank halted corporate transactions for one day, till 9 a.m. Dec. 20, 2016.

According to the National Bank of Ukraine, Privatbank needs 148 billion hryvnia in additional capitalization. The finance minister said that after Privatbank is stabilized, the state plans to sell it. In turn, President Poroshenko said the state guarantees safety and integrity of the client's funds.

The decision on the Privatbank nationalization has been supported by IMF, EBRD, the G7 countriesthe EU and the U.S.

On Dec. 19, 2017, London-based High Court of England froze the worldwide assets of Privatbank former owners Ihor Kolomoiskyi and Hennadii Boholiubov. The decision was made under a lawsuit filed by Privatbank against its former owners over alleged extraction of almost $2 billion from the bank through dishonest transactions.Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3040816

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3040839