'I've been dubbed a crazy Georgian' - former Deputy Prosecutor General on why the system got rid of him
Former Deputy Prosecutor General Davit Sakvarelidze joins Ukraine Today to talk on situation that surrounds General Prosecutor's Office.
On March 29, the Ukrainian Parliament approved dismissal of the notorious General Prosecutor Victor Shokin. This was a result of Shokin's months-long inability to tackle corruption in Ukraine as well as in his own office.
'Every decision of a politician, including the President, has its price. This price will be very tough in Ukraine, because people are very frustrated and aggressive. They are tired of observing the same faces for decades.'
'The President [Petro Poroshenko] thought and still thinks that Shokin is the one who should be the Prosecutor General and that he is effective. That is why we lost more than a year. In a year we could be much more radical, we could do much more reforms. Although, we still have managed to create a contrast inside of the system, but a lot of time has been spent and lost on the internal confrontations, battles and bureaucratic intrigues.'
'In a half-paralyzed condition we still managed to bring out and to start about 40 cases against prosecutors. This was one reason of my dismissal. Another reason was a revenge not only from Shokin, but also from ruling elites - politics and oligarchs of Ukraine that have not changed greatly after two Maidans. Before, President Poroshenko was hearing from Shokin the complaints that he appointed some non-controlled, crazy Georgian, now the complaints have multiplied from some close people of his party and ruling parties of the Parliament, influential politicians and oligarchs were also complaining that they couldn't do anything with us. So something should have been done. And it was done. I was fired.'
'We need to work over new ideological and civil platform and to unite all enthusiastic people in Ukraine who are not under the influence of oligarchs, discredited political forces and powers. We should do all we can to avoid military interference with the changes in the Government. We should transfer people's energy, resistance and aggression in the civilized way in order to have a pressure on the Government. Without any political changes and the changes of the mindset of the political elite nothing will change. I have no hopes that something systemic will take place in the Prosecutor's General Office.'