: UT Exclusive: Ukraine's former deputy prosecutor general on highly corrupt system
Opinion16:48 Apr. 12, 2016

UT Exclusive: Ukraine's former deputy prosecutor general on highly corrupt system

Vitaliy Kasko on criminal charges against him and corruption fight in prosecutor's office 

Ukraine Today presents exclusive interview with Ukraine's former deputy prosecutor Vitaliy Kasko. His resignation was called "a blow to Ukraine's reform progress" by U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

Kasko on February 15 announced he would quit the office over corruption. He said attempts to overhaul the court system were being quashed, leading to intentional degradation, inaction and impunity within the prosecutors office. 

Read also Ex-prosecutor Kasko says he refuses fleeing Ukraine despite pressure

Answering a question about the criminal case against himself (Vitaliy Kasko is accused of illegally receiving two apartments from the Prosecutor General's Office), the former deputy prosecutor general says, "I am ready to convince the society and everybody, law enforcement, judges, that it is not true. [...] These criminal proceedings have two aims. First, to demonstrate the revenge for cases initiated by us [together with former Deputy Prosecutor General David Sakvarelidze], and second, to give a message to other prosecutors, police officers, judges that any attempts to change the system inherently will be published."

Watch also Ukraine Today's Viewpoint with Vitaliy Kasko: Lack of convictions hinders Ukraine from recovering Yanukovych regime's stolen assets

Speaking about the impact of his resignation, Kasko says, "There are a lot of honest prosecutors in Ukraine. There are a lot of people who are just waiting for the change in the system. And at the moment they receive this message that this is not the right time and they have to wait, and nobody knows for how long they need to wait. It means that the system remains the same."


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