Prosecutor general recommends not turning Kholodnytskyi case into mud-slinging without solving problem

Speeches delivered in the parliament by Chief of Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytskyi and Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau Artem Sytnyk left Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko with a strong sense of filth without the problem being actually solved. Excessive publicity of this case can do much harm.

Lutsenko said in an interview with Censor.NET commenting on yesterday's speeches delivered to the lawmakers by Kholodnytskyi and Sytnyk.

The prosecutor general noted that he did not watch the speeches of the top anti-corruption officials from beginning to end as he was busy doing his job: "I watched TV for 20 minutes, watched Kholodnytskyi's speech and that's it ... If new information pops up, I'll find out about it."

Lutsenko warned that the excessive publicity – disclosure of the case files and extracts of conversations recorded inside the SAP head’s office before the Higher qualifications and disciplinary bar commission considers complaints against Kholodnytskyi – could do harm: "I think it's wrong to promote oneself before the case is solved."

He also said that NABU Chief Sytnyk was legally entitled to disclose a part of the case files since he obtained permission of a PGO member to declassify and make it public as it was a requirement for filing a complaint to the qualifications commission.

"I think that it is worth talking about the heart of the problem only at the Commission’s meeting (or the day before, if one is so eager to). The recent developments in the parliament left me with a feeling of filth without the problem being solved. That's the problem! I'm neither going to cover someone up nor in any way influence the Commission’s decision. I realize the negative impact of the situation: the public suddenly learns about a smear war and receives no answers about how it will be dealt with and who will be punished. What would a normal person feel after that? "Cursed be both of their houses!" This would be the only response of a normal person who doesn’t have to be up to speed on the process.

"So I'm against the idea of starting a self-promotion campaign a couple of weeks before the appropriate legal decision is made by an authorized agency. Why do I think so? Because I was in the similar situation a few weeks ago. The problems of Nadiia Savchenko’s case were discussed at every single talk show. ... I waited until the day when the decisions should have been made, tabled all the evidence and secured decision of the committee, parliament and, the next day, the court. And I’m going to do the same with the case of Kholodnytskyi. I will not get myself involved in a self-promotion campaign. I do not rule out that we will be able to brief journalists the day before the Committee meeting but certainly not 7, 10, 15 days before it," Lutsenko said.

"My approach is that the public must know everything but this knowledge must not be turned into a smear war without finding realistic solution that simply kills the nation’s confidence," the prosecutor general summed up.

On March 30, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko initiated dismissal of Kholodnytskyi over alleged disciplinary offenses.

Several news agencies earlier reported that Kholodnytskyi considered his resignation over alleged health issues. According to another opinion, possible resignation of SAP’s chief can be connected to the pressure exerted on him. Kholodnytskyi later said he had no intent to resign.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3059708