Commission issues reprimand to SAPO head Kholodnytsky

Commission issues reprimand to SAPO head Kholodnytsky

The Qualification and Disciplinary Commission of Prosecutors (QDCP) has decided to bring Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) Nazar Kholodnytsky to disciplinary liability in the form of a reprimand.

This decision by the QDCP was read out by its head, Vitaliy Hrushkovsky, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"The QDCP has decided to bring Kholodnytsky to disciplinary liability in the form of a reprimand," Hrushkovsky said.

He noted that this decision could be appealed within the period envisaged by law.

After the announcement of the decision, Kholodnytsky left the cabinet accompanied by security guards, with activists chanting "Shame!"

As reported, on March 30, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk sent complaints to the QDCP against the SAPO head due to the commission of disciplinary violations in which they asked to dismiss Kholodnytsky from office. The complaints described five episodes of Kholodnytsky's violations. In particular, the SAPO head is accused of interference in the investigation into a number of criminal proceedings launched by the NABU.

The disciplinary case against the SAPO head was submitted to QDCP member Oleksandr Kovalchuk, who, until his election to this post in 2017, worked as deputy dean of the Faculty of Law at the Taras Shevchenko National University. The disciplinary inspection of Kholodnytsky lasted for two months and was then extended for one more month.

The QDCP member prepared an opinion in early July.

NABU Director Artem Sytnyk sent an objection against this opinion by the QDCP member, who proposed that Kholodnytsky be reprimanded, rather than dismissed as SAPO head.


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