Prosecutor General of Ukraine Ruslan Riaboshapka has denied claims of pressure on his agency on the part of the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his Office.
"The only pressure the prosecutor general’s office is now feeling, like any other bodies of criminal justice, comes from the public demand and public will to restore justice. And actually this is the only thing that has an influence on us, making us work more efficiently," Riaoshapka told a TV panel show on ICTV Monday, Novoye Vremya reports.
Now the PGO is "trying to work regardless of the political affiliation of targets and suspects in criminal proceedings," the chief prosecutor said.
"It seems to me that this wouldn't be quite right to say that the president, or the president’s office, is exerting pressure on us. Moreover, we see that the law enforcement are trying to work regardless of political affiliation of targets and suspects in criminal investigations, so I don't rule out the possibility that soon we will also be able to see that those who are close to the ruling political force will also be held accountable," he said.
Riaboshapka also noted that the PGO was conducting a probe into the activity of one Ukraine's MPs [from the presidential Servant of the People faction, Viacheslav Medianyk] and that he would report on the investigation results in the near future.
According to media reports, on October 16, journalists took a sneak peek at Medianyk's communications via a messenger application with someone who asked for assistance in certain cases related to the PGO operations. In particular, the name of Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Trepak is mentioned in the correspondence.