Ukraine’s anti-graft agency gets new acting head

18 April, 08:16 PM
Gizo Uglava was Sytnyk's deputy (Photo:censor.net)

Gizo Uglava was Sytnyk's deputy (Photo:censor.net)

Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau may still lack its permanent head, but a new acting chief has been appointed - Gizo Uglava, the deputy of the current director, Artem Sytnyk, due to the expiration of Sytnyk’s term on April 17.

According to the press service of the department, in accordance with the law, in case of termination of office or dismissal of the head of NABU, all his powers until the date of appointment of a new director are to be exercised by his first deputy.

Gizo Uglava was born in Georgia and has been a citizen of Ukraine since 2015. Until 2012, he assisted in the development of a new prosecutorial system in Georgia under former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili.

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In Ukraine, he has been one of NABU’s foremost proponents, holding the first deputy director position since 2015.

According to Ukrayinska Pravda new outlet, the Cabinet of Ministers voted to dismiss Sytnyk on April 12. The reason for the dismissal is unknown.

The NABU press service reported that Sytnyk is in Kyiv.

In August 2020, the Constitutional Court declared the decree appointing Artem Sytnyk director of NABU to be unconstitutional. However, this claim has been challenged by legal experts, and NABU supporters.

The MPs who submitted the petition claimed that the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenkom exceeded his authority during the appointment of the NABU chief, and violated the ban on the usurpation of state power.

In September 2020, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared a number of provisions of the NABU law unconstitutional and called on the legislature to amend the law. 50 lawmakers, mostly from the Opposition Plat-form — For Life, appealed to the court with this petition.

The Opposition Platform — For Life party is a pro-Russian formation, credibly accused of grand corruption. Its founder, Viktor Medvedchuk, is currently under arrest on charges of treason.

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