Deputy Prosecutor General Sakvarelidze: More cases against my team than against Yanukovych
Ukrainian Deputy Prosecutor General and Prosecutor of Odesa Region Davit Sakvarelidze says that the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has opened more cases against his team than against ousted and sanctioned President Viktor Yanukovych.
"With great regret and irony I've made a mental note of the fact that more criminal proceedings have been opened against our personnel than against Viktor Yanukovych – if one counts all open, closed and ongoing investigations, their number is about seven over the four months," Sakvarelidze wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
In his words, one of the first cases was opened right after tests of candidates for local prosecutors started in August 2015 when the PGO's internal security service began probing into the financing of the process with the use of funds allocated by the European Union and other international donors.
"There was the impression that the service, which, by the way, reports directly to the Prosecutor General, had already eliminated all the problems and violations within the prosecution system, and its only concern at that moment was how the reform was financed. I don't think they've asked themselves a question how much effort needs to be made to convince international institutions to join the process of the reform of the prosecutor's office and how their activity jeopardizes all the progress already made and virtually destroys not so high confidence in our system," he wrote.
According to Sakvarelidze, European Union experts who participated in the preparation of the tests and helped to ensure their transparency were pointedly interrogated within the framework of that internal investigation.
Nearly at that time, he said, the PGO brought an action against our prosecutors from the General Inspectorate in order to "hinder the so-called 'diamond prosecutors' case in every possible way and break it up in the end."