Kholodnytskyi’s wiretapped conversations offer no ground for holding him criminally liable, prosecutor general says

The conversations recorded inside the office of Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) Chief Nazar Kholodnytskyi do not warrant bringing him to criminal liability.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko told a briefing on Monday.

"The wiretaps were analyzed both by National Anti-Corruption Bureau Director, Mr Sytnyk, and me, as the person in charge of the Prosecutor General's Office ... Both he and I came to the conclusion that a disciplinary offense can clearly be observed in them (conversations – ed.). And before you ask, there is not a word about bribes allegedly extorted or received by Kholodnytskyi. Therefore I see no [grounds for] criminal prosecution right now," Lutsenko said adding that Kholodnytskyi was on vacation.

"Kholodnytskyi has paid me a visit ... He made a decision to go on a short vacation but made commitment to provide oral or written explanations. That is, he would cooperate with the Higher qualifications and disciplinary bar commission," Lutsenko said.

According to Lutsenko, SAP is currently headed by Kholodnytskyi’s first deputy but any of his subordinates can act for him as the deputy prosecutor general, even the prosecutor general himself, under the law on the NABU and SAP.

However, a certain portion of Kholodnitsky's functions can be still temporarily performed by the prosecutor general. "These are minor functions that include, for example, signing charge papers against certain category of suspects," Lutsenko said.

"But there are a lot of functions that the law bars even me from fulfilling - I am completely forbidden to perform them - and therefore the situation is quite hard to analyze. But let's wait for the disciplinary bar commission’s decision," the prosecutor general said.

Lutsenko also said it was necessary to codify in law the disposal of SAP head’s offices for the time of his absence.

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/n3061511