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Gizo Uglava

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - — Oleg Sukhov

The Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral’s Of­fice has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Gizo Uglava, a deputy chief of the Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bureau (NABU), ac­cus­ing him of hid­ing his Ge­or­gian cit­i­zen­ship and tax eva­sion, Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Yuriy Lut­senko said on May 24.

Uglava de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions and in­ter­preted the case as part of the au­thor­i­ties’ ef­forts to de­stroy Ukraine’s only in­de­pen­dent law en­force­ment agency, which has pros­e­cuted po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights like State Fis­cal Ser­vice Chief Ro­man Nasirov and ex-law­maker Mykola Mar­ty­nenko.

In March, Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko failed to push through par­lia­ment the ap­point­ment of his loy­al­ist, UK ci­ti­zen Nigel Brown, as a NABU au­di­tor in or­der to con­trol the bureau, though Brown is now again com­pet­ing for the job. Pet­ros Clerides, who is al­legedly close to Poroshenko’s gray car­di­nal and law­maker Olek­sandr Hra­novsky, is com­pet­ing for the job of the NABU au­di­tor ap­pointed by the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters, in a non-trans­par­ent and shady pro­ce­dure. Clerides re­signed as Cyprus’ at­tor­ney gen­eral amid a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in 2013.

Mean­while, par­lia­ment is set to con­sider a bill ban­ning the anti-graft bureau from start­ing cases against top of­fi­cials if other law en­forcers had pre­vi­ously closed sim­i­lar cases against them. Last year par­lia­ment failed to pass a sim­i­lar bill to re­strict the bureau’s in­de­pen­dence.

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