Ukraine’s MP from the Servant of the People Oleksandr Merezhko, who served as the expert of the International Law Association (ILA), confirmed the fact of pressure on former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko by ex-Vice President of American Joe Biden to dismiss prosecutor general of Ukraine Viktor Shokin in 2017 as expert Kyrylo Sazonov reported on Facebook.
According to Sazonov, in 2017, the Ukrainian department of the ILA on the request of the lawyer’s bureau, which defended Shokin, prepared scientific-legal conclusions on the fact of pressure by Biden on the president of Ukraine to dismiss Shokin. In conclusion, the expert, and today the lawmaker from the Servant of the People Oleksandr Merezhko recognized the pressure of Biden on the president of the country for the dismissal of Shokin and interference in the inner affairs of Ukraine.
“The statement of Vice-President of the U.S. Joseph Biden on the necessity of dismissal of Shokin from the position of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine as the condition of the provision of proper financial (economical) aid to Ukraine might be considered as the putting pressure on the president of Ukraine and consequently, this pressure might be qualified as the act of the interference in the inner affairs of Ukraine from the foreign state and it is the violation of one of the principles of the international law,” the document says.
“How whimsically the pack is shuffling. It is interesting what Merezhko will say today on his two-year-old conclusion? I think as the lawyer-professional he will not refuse from it,” Sazonov concluded.
Ukraine’s Ex-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin filed a lawsuit to get restored on the Prosecutor General on personal grounds.
As it was reported earlier, Former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin applied to the Supreme Administrative Court to rule illegal the order on his resignation and the order by the Verkhovna Rada that approved the resignation.
On October 24, 2019, the Cassation Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court did not reinstate Viktor Shokin at the position of the prosecutor general.