Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the NABU press service.
"The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) unlawfully intervened in NABU's special operation to identify members of the crime ring from among the employees of the State Migration Service of Ukraine. On Nov. 29, the SBU operatives supervised by the PGO prosecutors illegally detained NABU detective on corruption charges when he was collecting evidence against State Migration Service first deputy chairwoman," the agency said.
The anti-corruption agency considers this detention a planned act of sabotage against members of NABU and SAP carried out by the SBU and sanctioned by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
"The truth of the matter is that the SBU members have not just disclosed information on wiretapping to its subject nullifying semi-annual effort of the NABU detectives, but also recruited this person to later exert unlawful pressure and criminally prosecute the NABU employees.
"NABU and SAP have repeatedly warned that their efforts were jeopardized by the lack of right for independent wiretapping - the agency can only use the SBU resources to wiretap a person under the court sanction," the agency stressed.
NABU expects detentions of three more detectives working undercover along with second detective unit chief and SAP leadership.
Moreover, the agency said it had lost contact with seven undercover agents collecting evidence against State Migration Service first deputy chairman late November 29. Their whereabouts are still unknown.
"The information published on the website of the State Migration Service late Nov. 29 that the NABU detective allegedly repeatedly offered large bribes to the agency's first deputy is untrue. According to the investigation, the State Migration Service official was the one who repeatedly extorted "cash reward" in the amount of $30,000 first for granting Ukrainian citizenship to a foreigner and, subsequently, for issuing Ukraine residence permit. More evidence of the illegal activities of the crime ring comprised of current and former State Migration Service employees have been recorded since the special operation was launched in April 2017. We solemnly declare that no NABU detective has ever tried to make any official of the State Migration Service a victim of bribery entrapment taking into account the prosecutor's supervision carried out personally by SAP leadership.
"On top of this, the NABU director and the SAP chief intend to meet with the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on Nov. 30, since there are reasons to believe that Yurii Lutsenko was not familiar with all the details of the special operation and investigation outcomes when he authorized his subordinates and SBU officers to take action with respect to the NABU detectives," the NABU said.
Late Nov. 29, the press office of the State Migration Service reported detention of the NABU member - the son of the former member of the Party of Regions Yurii Boiarskyi - while trying to bribe First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service of Ukraine Dina Pimakhova.
Related materials: National Anti-Corruption Bureau