Former prosecutor general of Ukraine Viktor Shokin demands from the State Investigation Bureau to open the criminal proceeding against former vice president of the U.S. Joseph Biden for illegal influence on him as the prosecutor general, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“I ask to put on the United register of the pretrial investigation the information on the commitment of the criminal offense by citizen of the U.S. Joseph Biden in the territory of Ukraine and beyond its borders against me, particularly, the interference in the activity of the worker of the law enforcement body. Immediately start the pretrial investigation and provide the SIB investigators with the written orders,” Shokin notes.
Shokin underlines that he agreed to leave the post of the prosecutor general of Ukraine due to the pressure from Biden.
“During the last months of 2015 and first of 2016, Joseph Biden, using his official position, came to Ukraine with official visits a few times, with the aim of holding of talks with the leaders of the state on my dismissal from the post and as a result closure of the objective investigation of the criminal proceeding on the facts of the criminal activity of people tied with Burisma Holding Limited Company (Cyprus), including the son of mentioned top official,” Shokin stated.
According to the prosecutor general, Biden demanded to dismiss him in the exchange of the unhampered provision of $1 billion aid to Ukraine.
Shokin underlined that the actions of Biden might be treated as the pressure, according to the conclusion of the International Low Association dated April 18, 2017, provided by Professor Merezehko, currently, the vice president of the PACE.
Besides, the facts of the illegal influence of Biden on the former prosecutor general was confirmed by the results of the independent international journalist investigation, UkraineGate held and published by French online media Les-Crises.fr.
Earlier, the lawyers of US President Donald Trump presented arguments in defense of the American leader and tried to convince senators of the absence of violations against Ukraine. Lawyer Mike Purpura provided six arguments that allegedly testify to Trump's innocence.