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Chief prosecutor slams NABU for provoking bribes

Lutsenko says anti-graft bureau director pledged to abstain from provocations.

Chief prosecutor slams NABU for provoking bribes
Photo: Photo: Max Trebukhov

Prosecutor-General Yuriyy Lutsenko says that National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) did not have the right to provoke an official of the State Migration Service, Dina Pimakhova, to receive bribes.

Speaking to a briefing on Thursday, 30 November, Lutsenko said that law enforcement agencies do not have the right to prompt an official to take a deliberately unlawful decision.

"This is a pure provocation. If I were to offer drugs to any of those present, it would be a provocation. If I offered you to buy two pistols that have been used in a murder, it's a provocation. If, on the contrary, I had someone looking for drugs or weapons, I could have it on record, fix the attempt, and obtain evidence through a control purchase," the prosecutor-general said.

Lutsenko said an agreement has been reached with the NABU to abstain from such practice for the future.

On 29 November, the SBU detained a NABU undercover agent involved in the bureau's probe into Dina Pimakhova, an official of the State Migration Service.