The investigation of ex-Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko will be completed in the United States this year, said Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko during his speech at the Annual international forum “Yalta European strategy”.
As reported by UKRINFORM, the attorney General was asked a question from the audience if he should go to learn from the experience of the Americans.
“I want to ask another question: should I go to learn in the case of Lazarenko? How many years this case has been tried in the United States? I say that this year it will reach its logical conclusion, and Ukraine will finally get the 170 million dollars that was stolen from here. I’m sure this will go to the United States, already have an invitation,” — said Lutsenko.
In the opinion of the attorney General, in the US there is a lot to learn in the matter of the fight against corruption. First of all the effective laws, which give the opportunity to prosecute senior officials for tax evasion.
In addition, Lutsenko said that during the US visit, plans to discuss with U.S. counterparts the possibility of returning to Ukraine UAH 6 billion, which “mafia Yanukovych” could hide.
“I have something to talk about with our American partners, but not from a position of little pioneer, who called to the teacher. We are partners and work together for a common result, because corruption in Ukraine is not separated from the other, is a global challenge for all countries”, — summed up Lutsenko.
As we know, Pavlo Lazarenko led the Ukrainian government from June 1996 to July 1997. In 1998 he became a member of Parliament and headed the parliamentary faction of “community”. Lazarenko was arrested in the U.S. in February 1999 with a Panamanian passport, he was held in prison waiting for trial for about four years. In June 2003 he was released on bail in the amount of 65 million dollars, however, on 1 October 2008 the former Prime Minister decided to return to American curiae, saying that afraid for his life.
Prosecutors charged Lazarenko with extortion, fraud, transportation of stolen funds and money laundering between 1994 and 1999, almost $ 280 million. Lazarenko also appears in the published in spring 2016, the materials about the owners of large offshore companies that are based on data from “Panama archive,” the collection of documents about the offshore scheme little-known company from Panama Mossack Fonseca.