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 PGO attaches ex-Deputy Prosecutor General Kasko’s apartment

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin has secured seizure of apartment on 14/16 Druzhby Narodiv Boulevard in Kyiv owned by his ex-deputy Vitalii Kasko.

This is evidenced by the decision of the Pechersk district court in Kyiv of March 22, Censor.NET reports citing Nashі Hroshі project.

The attachment imposed under criminal case No. 42016000000000470 of Feb. 12, 2016. According to the investigators, Kasko committed fraud by providing false information on the absence of permanent housing in Kyiv. He illegally obtained the apartment in Kyiv by overstating the actual number of family members he lived with in the same apartment in 2010-2014.

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As noted, Vitalii Kasko was provided an official single-bedroom flat in the Pechersk district of Kyiv in 2003, which was later privatized by his mother, who had already owned a two-bedroom apartment in Kyiv.

Kasko again appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to provide him with an official apartment in 2010. He stated that he was living with his grandfather, his mother and sister. Thus, Kasko's family was granted a two-bedroom apartment in the Pechersk district. A 155 sq. m. two-bedroom flat on 14/16 Druzhby Narodiv Boulevard is meant.

A smaller two-bedroom apartment in the same residential compound is currently for sale for 8,500,000 hryvnia (about $315,000). Therefore, the price of Kasko's apartment may be estimated at 10,000,000 hryvnia (over $370,000).

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Vitalii Kasko resigned from the Prosecutor General's Office in December 2010 and worked as a lawyer. Two months before Kasko's resignation from the PGO, this two-bedroom flat, provided to his family by the state, was withdrawn from the list of official apartments. Kasko managed to privatize it after the Euromaidan in March 2014. Deputy Prosecutor General Mykola Banchuk filed the corresponding appeal to the Public Housing Privatization Department. Vitalii Kasko was not a member of the Prosecutor General's Office at the time of the apartment privatization. He was appointed deputy prosecutor general as early as in May 2014.

Kasko resigned Feb. 15, 2016 - three days after criminal proceedings against him had been initiated. Kasko's resignation was accepted the same day when President Petro Poroshenko urged Prosecutor General Shokin to resign. However, Shokin still has not been dismissed as the parliament failed to consider his resignation statement.

Earlier, Kasko alleged that Shokin ordered him to carry out instructions of Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Ihor Kononenko as well as removed him from the investigation of the "diamond prosecutors" case.

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According to the Property Rights Registry, former Deputy Prosecutor General's mother Halyna Kasko purchased a 50 sq. m. apartment on 13B Krakivska Street (Dniprovskyi district of Kyiv) in 2013. She also owns a 2,200 sq. m. land plot with a house under construction in the village of Petrivtsi near Kyiv. The land was obtained by her as a gift in December 2015, while it was previously owned by Vitalii Kasko. He had also received it as a gift from an unknown person in 2009.
 
 
 
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