Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko appealed to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) over a statement by the head of the Presidential Office, Andriy Bohdan, about a bribe proposal. This is stated in Klitschko’s message on his Facebook page.
“On July 30, 2019, at a press conference, Mr. Bohdan told media representatives that he had been offered a $20 million bribe in a conversation. And it was supposed that this conversation was in the interests of the mayor of Kyiv, that is, in my interests. I did not authorize any person for such “negotiations”! And such statements by Mr. Bohdan, who heads the Presidential Office of Ukraine, are subject to review in the pre-trial investigation as they may testify to the commission of criminal offenses. If someone approached someone, you need to identify who, on whose behalf and with what offer. And one should also find out if the official received an undue benefit,” Klitschko wrote.
According to the mayor of Kyiv, investigators should either declare suspicion to the established persons, or Klitschko will demand an apology from Bohdan for spreading false information.
“The consequence of such statements should not only be their publication at press conferences. I am convinced that NABU has every opportunity to investigate the information disclosed and to establish the truth in this case. And I hope Mr. Bohdan will facilitate the investigation. Unless, of course, the head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine told the journalists the truth,” Klitschko summarized.