Standoff between employees of National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Prosecutor General's Office resulted in crisis in Ukraine's top law enforcement agencies
Yurii Lutsenko, Ukraine's Prosecutor General, has said all criminal proceedings initiated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and Prosecutor General's Office will be investigated by the Security Service of Ukraine.
He has announced that decision at the joint briefing with Artem Sytnyk, Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, according to news agency UNIAN.
"In order to have a non-biased investigation of the controversial incident, using my authority conferred by law and taking into account a suggestion of the director of National Anti-Corruption Bureau Mr Sytnyk, I as a prosecutor general devolve investigation of all proceedings, initiated by NABU and Prosecutor General's Office in response to the incident, to the organ, which will conduct fair and unbiased investigation – the Security Service of Ukraine", the Prosecutor General stated.
Yurii Lutsenko has admitted that his agency's prosecutors used moral coercion towards detained employees of the NABU.
"It is a principal question. How could prosecutors conduct interrogation finalized in two and a half pages for four hours? It means there was at least a moral coercion applied", Lutsenko said.
According to the anti-corruption agency's version of the conflict, the prosecution forces mistook their investigative actions for spying, which caused the conflict.
The representative of the prosecutor's office claimed his employees had been beaten up by a "group of physical protection" of the anti-corruption agency.