In 2020, the term of office of the head of the SAPO Nazar
Kholodnytskyi expired and the process of forming a Selection
Commission for competetive selection of a new head began.
According to the law, the Selection Commission consists of 11
persons: 4 are appointed by the Council of Prosecutors and
another 7 are appointed by the Ukrainian Parliament following
the proposals of factions. In June 2020, the Council of
4 independent experts to the commission: recognized
international experts (Drago Kos, Nona Tsotsoriya, Thomas
Firestone) and Ukrainian expert Roman Kuybida.
Parliament was able to appoint its quota only on the 3rd
attempt. Most of those appointed by Parliament have drawn
for failing to meet statutory criteria. According to the
information provided to the Anti-Corruption Center, the
selection of commission members from the Parliament was carried
out by Tatarov, and later these persons were nominated by the
Parliament on the proposal of various factions and groups.
Later, journalists found numerous
between most of the people appointed by the Parliament and
During the selection
, most members of the Commission under the parliamentary quota
delayed the process in various ways, tried to establish
procedures that did not involve integrity testing, unreasonably
blocked independent candidates in the competition (for example,
without any justification from the parliamentary quota, Roman
Simkiv was blocked. He together with Bozhko was a member of the
team, which investigated the case of Andriy Portnov. The same
happened with a number of other independent candidates).
Similarly, part of the Commission tried to artificially promote
and give the green light to candidates who were suggested by the
Office of the President (i.e., MP Andriy Kostin, friend of the
hed of the Office of President Andriy Yermak).
Part of the Commission under the Parliament's quota
the process, ignoring the commission meetings and breaking the
quorum, especially when 2 candidates reached the finals, one of
whom was NABU detective Oleksandr Klymenko (who was involved in
the Tatarov's case). Some members of the Commission artificially
sabotaged the process and made proposals to restart the
competition in order to prevent Klymenko from winning, although
he won by the number of points he received. As of December 2,
2021, the selection process continues for more than 14 months
due to unjustified delays and sabotage.