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Lutsenko threatens investigation of corruption by customs

The Prosecutor's Office Yuriy Lutsenko's change of jurisdiction over the abuse of officials in the State Customs Service makes it impossible to complete the investigation, said Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Agency.

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko threatens the investigation of corruption at customs. This is stated in the statement of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, published on August 17 on the agency's website.

Thus, NABU reported that Lutsenko changed jurisdiction for cases of abuse of customs officials in Ukraine, which "contributed to the activities of the group of customs clearance companies imported into Ukraine goods at a significantly lower cost."

This prosecutor's decision makes it impossible to complete the investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice

"NABU calls on Yuri Lutsenko to make a procedural decision and return the criminal procedure to the detectives," the statement said.

The agency said it was an investigation into a corruption system that resulted in damage to the state 1

70 million UAH. NABU is investigating possible violations of customs authorities under customs clearance of goods since October 2017, criminal proceedings were initiated under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power).

Detectives claim that they conducted all necessary investigative measures and collected evidence of two years.

"The closer the detectives approached the finish line, the more sincere were the attempts to eliminate them from this case. On May 24, however, the case was transferred to the State Bureau of Investigations, however, the Prosecutor's Office made that decision at the end of June," the release said.

A few months later, Lutsenko "changed his mind" and on August 15, 2019 "on an incomprehensible basis and without studying the materials" he changed jurisdiction for the case, the agency noted. .

"As a result, Lutsenko did what the ultimate beneficiary of the companies involved in the investigation was trying to offer unfair benefits to NABU detectives," the Anti-Corruption Agency said.

The Agency notes that investigations related to NABU's jurisdiction, it is prohibited to entrust other investigative authorities in accordance with Part 5 of Art. 216 of the Ukraine Criminal Code.

"Such decisions by the Prosecutor's Office threaten the possibility of holding criminally responsible officials. Although the investigators of the Ukrainian police are prosecuting in these cases to the court for all evidence can be considered inadmissible," the department concluded.

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