This was announced by Deputy Prosecutor General Davit Sakvarelidze on his Facebook page, Censor.NET reports.
"The day before yesterday I publicly announced of pressure and suspicions against Appeal Court Judge Mariia Pryndiuk, who sanctioned investigation into the criminal proceeding against the 'diamond prosecutors' - former deputy prosecutor of the Kyiv region Oleksandr Korniiets and former first deputy of the head of the Main Investigation Directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office Volodymyr Shapakin. Yesterday someone commented that it was not true. I would like to elaborate on the facts that support my information," Sakvarelidze wrote.
According to him, Mariia Pryndiuk has been called in for questioning to the MID of the PGO three times since mid-August. The official grounds for it was a well-known case of former head of the Appeal Court Anton Chernushenko, who is suspected of illegal intruding into the automated records system and awarding knowingly illegal sentences.
Sakvarelidze stated that during the interrogations the judge was not asked any questions regarding this particular criminal proceeding. It turned out, he wrote, that the investigators were interested in other details related to the sanctions she ordered for investigation against the 'diamond prosecutors.'
"According to Mariia Pryndiuk, the questions were mostly about classified information she had no access to, so she wasn't able to give responses. All this is documented in interrogation protocols held by the investigator. As far as I am aware, and I want to reiterate this, the investigators were attempting the judge to classify the case as illegal in exchange for withdrawal of all claims, but she refused from cooperation with the PGO and I am very grateful to her for that," he wrote.
Sakvarelidze noted that due to such pressure and threats Mariia Pryndiuk's health has deteriorated, and she has been treated in a hospital recently. This was not an obstacle for MID investigators who demanded the head of the hospital's department to allow conducting investigative activities anyway, of which they have been denied.
"As a prosecutor and a citizen I am outraged by this behavior. I sincerely hope that our colleagues will stop trying the people's patience and realize that this practice should not be applied in any civilized democratic country," Sakvarelidze summed up.
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