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Ukrainian court arrests top tax official

  • Head of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov, 39, lays in a bed behind the bars with a masked policeman is foreground, during a court session in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Nasirov was detained earlier this week in charge of corruption. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Head of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov, 39, lays in a bed behind the bars with a masked policeman is foreground, during a court session in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Nasirov was detained earlier this week in charge of corruption. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Head of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov, lays in a bed behind the bars with a medical worker in the background, during a court session in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2017. Nasirov was detained earlier this week on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Head of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov, lays in a bed behind the bars with a medical worker in the background, during a court session in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2017. Nasirov was detained earlier this week on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

A court in Ukraine's capital has placed a top tax official under arrest pending trial on embezzlement charges.

A 14-hour hearing closed early Tuesday when the Kiev district court ruled to send Roman Nasirov, chief of the Ukrainian Fiscal Service, to pre-trial detention for two months. Nasirov will be granted house arrest if he pays $3.7 million, an unheard-of bail in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government suspended Nasirov pending an investigation, alleging that the tax chief defrauded the state of 2 billion hryvnias ($74 million). The National Anti-Corruption Bureau said Nasirov signed off on grace periods for a number of taxpayers — including companies linked to a former lawmaker who fled abroad last year while facing a corruption investigation.