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 Shokin offers Pyatt to attract US experts to investigate "diamond" prosecutors case

Tuesday, Oct. 6, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin met with Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt.

Censor.NET reports citing Prosecutor General's office press service.

"During the meeting, the sides discussed topical issues related to fighting corruption, reforming prosecution agencies, as well as investigating certain criminal proceedings. Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin informed the American side about the progress reached in the investigation of corruption offenses. In particular, it has been noted that 15 prosecutors have been held criminally liable in 2015. As for reforming Ukraine's prosecution agencies, Victor Shokin stressed fundamental changes being underway in prosecutor's office," the statement notes.

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"Shokin also thanked the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine for the rendered support, including financing reforms in the country and fight against corruption. In addition, he suggested creating a joint working group to promote reforms. It may be aimed at providing an objective assessment of the state of reforms, use of funds and transparency of prosecution agencies," the PGO noted.

The sides also discussed the state of the investigation into the case of former prosecutors Korniiets and Shapakin. Viktor Shokin argued that the case should be taken to court in a short time.

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U.S. ambassador Pyatt stressed that the case should be investigated without any external impact, in accordance with basic principles of the rule of law, but at the same time under conditions of maximum independence of case's investigators, Pyatt's press service noted.

The prosecutor general suggested attracting U.S. experts to render practical assistance and advice in the investigation of the case against Shapakin and Korniiets.
 
 
 
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