Statement regarding NABU’s unlawful move to put Oleh Bakhmatyuk on wanted list in VAB refinancing case

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Re media reports of NABU’s decision to put Oleh Bakhmatyuk on the wanted list in the VAB refinancing case. We believe that declaring Oleh Bakhamyuk wanted represents legal nonsense to the extent that a notice of suspicion would have had to be served on him first, which never happened – NABU mailed the notice of suspicion God knows where, instead of formally serving it under the law.   

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the flagrant violations of procedural law at the direction of NABU Director Artem Sytnik are being committed against the background of a corruption scandal implicating Sytnik himself. A court hearing was scheduled to take place today to review an appeal in a case pursuing charges against Syntik for accepting a gift in the form of a holiday at an elite resort. Artem Sytnik is appealing a trial court ruling that found him guilty of corruption. If his appeal is dismissed, he will no longer be allowed to serve as NABU Director, as soon as his name is entered into the register of persons convicted of corruption, he will then have to resign. However, Artem Sytnik failed to appear before the appellate court and the judge presiding over the case recused himself.  

This case corroborates the allegations that Artem Sytnik has a conflict of interest vis-à-vis the VAB Bank case, as the key witness in the former, the person who paid for the NABU Director’s elite holiday, Mykola Nadeyko has testified against Sytnik, and his testimony is corroborated by financial documents. Mykola Nadeyko serves as aide to Oleh Bakhmatyuk’s sister. He claims that Sytnik asked him through a confidant to change his testimony in the case. Nadeyko refused to perjure himself, and he claims that he is ready to submit to a polygraph test to prove his testimony is true, as proved by the investigation. The NABU case against Oleh Bakhmatyuk is clearly being used by Sytnik as an instrument of witness tampering. We believe that one the principal motives behind the NABU Director’s actions is the fear of losing his job. Sytnik is prepared to commit flagrant violations of the law, a clear example of which is the decision to put Oleh Bakhmatyuk on the wanted list.  

We emphasise that NABU’s decision to put Oleh Bakhmatyuk on the wanted list is both politically motivated and legally nonsensical, and our lawyers will challenge it in court.