15:25 Apr. 13, 2016
Vitaly Kasko claims investigators want to put him in jail for abuse of authority
Ukrainian investigators have passed a petition of the detention of the former deputy prosecutor general Vitaliy Kasko to a Kyiv court. This is according to Kasko's statement on April 13 after his interrogation at the Prosecutor General's office.
"The only reason I was told to come here is to give me a notification about it. This basically confirms that the Office wants to put me in jail. I expect the court to go into session either today or tomorrow," said Kasko.
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Former deputy Prosecutor says investigators failed to explain which case the notification was about. According to its text, Kasko is charged with abuse of authority. He is obliged to come for another interview on April 18.
The 40-year-old claims the investigation against him is being conducted with various violations of law. He was never notified of suspicion in any inquiry by the Prosecution. The institution's rep Vladyslav Kutsenko, in turn, said the summons was passed to Kasko on April 10.
Vitaliy Kasko is accused of property expropriation and forgery. Last February he was fired from the position of deputy prosecutor general. U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt called his dismissal a blow to Ukraine's reforms. "Kasko was a champion for change w/in the Prosecutor General's Office," posted Pyatt in Twitter.
[1/3] Kasko was a champion for change w/in the Prosecutor General's Office. His resignation is a blow to #Ukraine's reform progress.— Geoffrey Pyatt (@GeoffPyatt) February 15, 2016