The court has started examining the merits of the "diamond prosecutors" case and questioned two witnesses - people's deputy Viacheslav Konstantinovskyi and lawyer of Hydroenerhoresurs Ltd Oleksandr Kyrylenko, Censor.NET reports citing LІGA.net.
According to Konstantinovskyi, in 2015, he was approached by a representative of a sand-mining company with a request to protect their interests, claiming a raider attack on Hydroenerhoresurs Ltd by unknowns who also extorted a considerable amount of money. As the people's deputy noted, he soon arrived at the place and saw masked people who allegedly admitted their actions were coordinated by the prosecutor's office. Konstantinovskyi forwarded a request to the then Deputy Prosecutor General Davit Sakvarelidze. The PGO instituted criminal proceedings and started a probe.
In turn, another witness Oleksandr Kyrylenko, said that the company's management was offered to pay $200,000 for sorting it out at regional and PGO level.
The trial was also attended by former Deputy Prosecutors General Vitalii Kasko and Davit Sakvarelidze.
"This is a landmark case as it is for the first time that prosecutors of this level are being brought to justice. This case demonstrates the level of corruption that existed in the prosecutor's office prior to Pshonka, during, and after Pshonka," Kasko told reporters.
As reported, the questioning of one more witness is scheduled as part of today's court session.