Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Bureau to audit former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokhin

The former Prosecutor General is being audited for undeclared income.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) is verifying whether the former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin has any undeclared income as stated in the response of the NABU to the appeal of National Deputy Mustafa Nayyem (member of the Petro Poroshenko "Solidarity" Bloc), Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

Earlier, journalists from the television program Schemes (a Ukrainian investigative series) reported that Shokin has a wealthy common-law wife and a child, whom he had not specified in his declaration.

"And it could remain his personal affair, if not for the fact that they were registered as the owners of a number of elite real estate holdings, including those abroad that were not mentioned in his declaration," the report noted.

Shokin personally, on the air of, said that journalists from Schemes have been bribed to juggle the facts about his allegedly illicit wealth.

"They showed my declarations, but not the recent ones; they showed the ones from 2014. They did not show my explanation to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine about when and what I had possessed. Each of these estates, starting from an apartment on Yaroslaviv Val, which I bought in 1995, my home, which I supposedly concealed, were listed in the declaration for 2012. When I ran for Deputy Attorney General, I provided an explanation as to how I had bought this house. They did not explain that I was retired and had been receiving a pension from 19 February 2007 to 2014. They have concealed all of this," Shokin said.

The former Attorney General said he would be happy to have his declarations verified by the NABU officials.

Also, the former head of the Prosecutor General’s Office added that "a lawsuit against the Schemes program is being prepared and it will be very serious."

"There will be a lawsuit and criminal proceedings against those who have falsified the facts. I know who ordered them and who pays them. This is ridiculous when drones fly over the building trying to find something. Every day I am being spied on, I know this," Shokin summed up.

Viktor Shokin was appointed Deputy Prosecutor General in June 2014. From February 2015 to April 2016 he was the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

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