SAP’s Kholodnytskyi: "Case against me was initiated based on conversation between two drunken SBU officers overheard by taxi driver"

Head of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, Nazar Kholodnytskyi says that the criminal proceedings against him were opened based on a conversation between two members of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) that was overheard by the driver of a taxi they were riding in.

Ukraine’s top anti-corruption prosecutor said on air of the Right to Power talk show, Censor.NET reports citing TSN.

"I have only recently learned the background [of the case]. It turns out that two drunken SBU officers riding in a taxi were talking about Kholodnytskyi taking bribes. This was the only ground to start covert evidence-gathering. Bottom line is, there is only a testimony given by the taxi driver, the SBU officers have never been identified, the case was dismissed after the hearing of the Higher qualifications and disciplinary commission of prosecutors," Kholodnytskyi said.

Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko on March 30 requested that the Higher qualifications and disciplinary commission of prosecutors consider the dismissal of SAP Chief Kholodnytskyi over a disciplinary wrongdoing. The PGO press service said the motion concerning disciplinary offenses committed by Kholodnytsky was based on the facts revealed during criminal investigations conducted jointly by NABU and the PGO.

The criminal cases against Kholodnytskyi were investigated under Article 387 (disclosure of information related to investigative activity, preliminary investigation), as well as Article 384 (misleading a court or other authorized body) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

On April 3, Lutsenko decided to transfer the Kholodnytsky case to the PGO's General Inspectorate, thus having taken it from the PGO's Special Economic Crimes Department.

On July 27, the Higher qualifications and disciplinary commission of prosecutors decided not to dismiss Kholodnytskyi from the post of Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Chief of the Special Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP), but to reprimand the law enforcer.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3087361