The former head of the NBU, Kirill Shevchenko, accused two anti-corruption law enforcement agencies (NABU and SAP) of not giving him the opportunity to properly prepare for his defense in court. The pressure on Shevchenko was reported by one of the largest publications for financiers and bankers, Central Banking, writes Telegraf.
As the publication recalled, Shevchenko was put on the “international wanted list” in Ukraine for allegedly embezzling funds from the state-owned Ukrgasbank even before he headed the NBU. At the same time, the prosecutor informed Shevchenko’s lawyer about the trial and sent 5,000 pages of case materials late in the evening on the eve of the meeting.
“This time was not enough to prepare for the hearing, which began at 8:30 am. In addition, Shevchenko was not allowed to take part in the meeting on choosing a measure of restraint for him. According to Shevchenko, the timely submission of defense documents is mandatory and non-compliance with it should have annulled the prosecutor’s petition. But he said that the court ignored the arguments of his lawyer in this regard and ruled in favor of the prosecutor,” writes Central Banking.
Now Kirill Shevchenko accuses NABU and SAPO of “come up with another prominent name.” The banker denies all charges. A few years ago, these same accusations were considered unfounded.
Shevchenko resigned on October 4, saying it was for health reasons. Sources close to the NBU confirmed to the publication that Shevchenko has health problems. When news of the investigation broke in the media, Shevchenko said his health had deteriorated due to heavy political pressure.
“Shevchenko became the head of the central bank in July 2020 after Zelensky fired his predecessor Yakov Smolii. Smoly and other senior central bank officials have said they are being targeted by politically powerful individuals who are unhappy with the NBU’s ongoing reform of Ukrainian banks.” – writes the publication.
As previously reported, on October 6, Rada deputies officially dismissed the head of the National Bank, on the same day, NABU announced that he appears in the case of embezzlement of hundreds of millions of hryvnias in Ukrgasbank as a suspect. Andrey Pyshny, ex-head of Sberbank, was appointed the new head of the National Bank. Pyshny himself called the start of a new IMF program the main priority of the NBU’s work.
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