The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has asked the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin to resign.
«I met this morning and had a substantial conversation with the attorney General. I turned to Viktor Nikolaevich that he wrote a resignation», — stated in the address of the President to the nation, published on Tuesday, 16 February.
Poroshenko highly evaluated the achievements of the attorney General Shokina, but at the same time noted the lack of public confidence in the Prosecutor General’s office.
«Viktor Shokin has implemented the reforms, which the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine has resisted for decades: deprivation Prosecutor General of oversight, the establishment of the National anti-corruption Bureau and the State Bureau of investigation, etc. Is on one side. On the other, the state office of public Prosecutor, unfortunately, are unable to enlist the trust of society. And that’s why on the agenda is the question of the resignation of the Prosecutor General», — said the President.
We will remind, earlier it was reported that representatives of the ruling Pro-European coalition and individual members of the Cabinet of Ministers also accused the current Prosecutor General Viktor Shokina in preventing the beginning of full operation of the National Bureau of investigation (NABU) and the Specialized Prosecutor’s office antikorruptsionnoe (SAP), which, as argued by foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, there was a threat of failure of implementation by Ukraine of the action plan on visa-free regime with the EU. In response, the Prosecutor General’s office has threatened subordinates Klimkin criminal responsibility.
Their claims to the attorney General Shokina was expressed by President Petro Poroshenko, who was dissatisfied with the pace of the transfer to the court cases against the involved in crimes during the revolution of Dignity.
The resignation of Shokin and acceleration of reforming of bodies of Prosecutor’s office demanded the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, as well as one of his predecessors, John Herbst.
In turn Shokin claims may resign only after the completion of the reform of the GPU. With regard to President Poroshenko, on 30 September during a speech at Columbia University (USA) he stressed its willingness to contribute to Parliament’s own view about the dismissal. in the event that if will have on the «cause or any suspicion of corruption».
Recall, Viktor Shokin was appointed General Prosecutor of Ukraine in February 2015.
Poroshenko was asked. to write a resignation 16.02.2016