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Former fiscal chief may face UK court

Great Britain launched criminal probe into the GFS head Nasirov, who holds British passport.

The UK opened a probe into the dismissed head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov to determine whether he committed a criminal offense. If the information is confirmed, Nasirov may face British justice.

"We are deeply concerned about the recent decision of the Kyiv's Solomyanskyy Court, where evidence provided by the UK in relation to the case against Roman Nasirov was declared inadmissible and disregarded. The UK authorities will examine all the facts to determine whether criminal offenses have been committed by a British citizen which may be tried in the UK," the British Embassy in Ukraine said in a release on 16 June.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office asked the Solomyanskyy district court in Kyiv to set 100mn hryvnias bail for Nasirov because the head of the GFS did not comply with the requirement to surrender his British passport. The court declined the motion.

Nasirov dismissed the documents, provided by the NABU about his British citizenship as fradulent. However, the British Embassy in Kyiv confirmed that Roman Nasirov was issued a British passport.