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 Ukraine's Prosecutor General’s Office has to be reinvented, like police force, - Nuland

Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland criticized the work of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office in terms of corruption crimes fighting.

As reported by Censor.NET, she said this in her statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8.

According to Nuland, much difficult work remains to clean up endemic corruption throughout government and society, at every level; to stabilize the economy; break the hold of corrupt state enterprises and oligarchs; and reform the justice system.

She listed major steps that need to be taken in this direction.

"Like Ukraine's police force, the Prosecutor General's Office has to be reinvented as an institution that serves the citizens of Ukraine, rather than ripping them off. That means it must investigate and successfully prosecute corruption and asset recovery cases - including locking up dirty personnel in the PGO itself," Nuland said.

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The Assistant Secretary is certain that the newly created Inspector General's Office within Ukraine's prosecution service must be able to work independently and effectively, without political or judicial interference;

Finally, Nuland noted that the government must appoint the NABU Anti-Corruption Prosecutor as soon as possible in order to start investigating these crimes.

The official also reminded of procurement and revenue management reform in the gas sector, and unbundling of services along with the restructuring of Naftogaz by Ukraine's deadline of June 2016.

"Because the best antidote to Russian aggression and malign influence is for Ukraine to succeed as a democratic, prosperous, European state, the Ukrainian government must continue to live up to its promises to its own people and maintain the trust of the international community," Nuland said.

As reported earlier, the Assistant Secretary announced in the Congress that Ukraine's Finance Ministry was going to offer Russia to write-off the $3-billion debt.
 
 
 
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