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State Investigation Bureau chief appointed

The new agency will take pre-trial investigation from the prosecutor's office.

State Investigation Bureau chief appointed
SIB interview panel (screengrab)

The interview panel has picked up Roman Truba as chief of the State Investigation Bureau (SIB). All nine members supported the candidate. From 1997 to 2015, Truba worked in prosecution. Until 2014, he was based in Lviv Region. After the Revolution of Dignity, he moved to the main investigations directorate of the Prosecutor-General's Office (PGO) where headed the department for especially high-profile crimes. In April 2015, his career at the PGO came to an end. In May 2015, he switched to private business, heading a department at Sektor Prava law firm.

The interview panel elected Olha Varchenko the first deputy head of the SIB. She is the head of the department supervising procedures in state prosecution and representation in court at the department for especially high-profile economic crimes at the PGO.

Varchenko has worked in prosecution since 2002.

Oleksandr Buryak, a former deputy prosecutor of Kyiv, became the deputy head of the SIB. He has worked in prosecution since 1998.

Parliament passed the law on the SIB on 12 November 2015. It was a part of the so-called visa-free package. President Petro Poroshenko signed it in January 2016. It came into effect on 1 March 2016.

The interview panel was to elect the SIB chief and deputies by July 2017 to enable its full-scale operation as of November 2017. Because the deadline was missed, prosecution bodies, which will lose authority to probe criminal cases as of 21 November, will have to transfer around 20,000 cases to the National Anticorruption Bureau.