IMF urges Ukrainian authorities to protect independence of NABU and SAPO

IMF urges Ukrainian authorities to protect independence of NABU and SAPO

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IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has expressed concern about the situation around the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO).

The IMF issued a respective statement on Wednesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"We are deeply concerned by recent events in Ukraine that could roll back progress that has been made in setting up independent institutions to tackle high-level corruption, including the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO)," the IMF chief said.

She said that fighting corruption was a key demand of the Ukrainian society, which "is crucial to achieving stronger and equitable growth, and is part of the government's commitment under the program with the IMF."

"We urge the Ukrainian authorities and parliament to safeguard the independence of NABU and SAPO. We also urge the authorities to move quickly with legislation to operationalize an independent anticorruption court consistent with the recommendations of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, which is essential to credibly adjudicate high-level corruption cases," Lagarde said.

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