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NABU to probe chief prosecutor for allegedly owned real estate

The Bureau will look into possible incompliance with anti-corruption legislation.

NABU to probe chief prosecutor for allegedly owned real estate
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National Anti-corruption Bureau will check whether the Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko and his son Oleksandr own or have owned real estate on Esplanadna St.in downtown Kyiv, NABU said in a release on 26 October.

The matter at hand is about seven apartments and one non-residential premise in a house on 32B Esplanadna St. in the Pechersk district of Kyiv. In September this year the house was sold for 5.3m dollars. The owner of the real estate was Svitlana Ryzhenko, a former business partner of Lutsenko family, and was rented out by the Lotus BC, a real estate agency, owned by Lutsenko Jr.

Shortly after this information hit the media, the apartments were bought by chief prosecutor's party fellow MP Hlib Zahoriy (Petro Poroshenko Bloc).

NABU emphasized that there is not enough information to for the probe to be listed in the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations, but an analytical checkup was initiated on October 26 to check the information about the purchase and use of the Esplanadna real estate for compliance with the requirements of anti-corruption legislation.

Lutsenko earlier denied any connection of him or his family with the house: "I officially declare: I do not own any house in Kyiv and neither has my family members do not speak," and assured that he filled in the electronic declaration of income and will submit it on time.