Nazar Kholodnytsky, who is the Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) in Ukraine was scheduled to attend recent events in the U.S. However, that was not possible as his U.S visa has been annulled.
Sources state that Kholodnytsky could not attend events with Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yury Lutsenko since the U.S authorities canceled his visa. The cancellation was issued for 5 years, sources added.
Recent events, including the wire that was found in Kholodnytsky’s cabinet on March 22nd, led to Lutsenko’s initiation of Kholodnytsky’s resignation on March 30th. Lutsenko appealed to the Qualifications and Disciplinary Commission of Public Prosecutors, but the results remain to be seen.
Kholodnytsky claims that the Prosecutor General’s Office started criminal actions against him because he had disclosed details of a pretrial investigation, more specifically, the case concerning Suprun.
The SAPO did not comment on the situation but the Advisor for Communication, Yaroslav Gordievych recommended to journalists that they inquire with the U.S Embassy in Ukraine so that they can comment on the reasons for the visa cancellation.
This news comes in a string of visa cancellations and restrictions imposed by the U.S government. The U.S State Department also restricted visas to several Nicaraguan officials who it claimed were involved in activities that directly violate human rights in Nicaragua.