BREAKING: Ukrainian judge orders Joe Biden to be listed as an alleged criminal in firing of state prosecutor
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A Ukrainian judge ordered his country’s law enforcement officials to formally list fired state prosecutor Victor Shokin as the victim of an alleged crime by former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
As reported by Just The News citing an official English translation of the ruling, the order was handed down late last month in Kiev by District Court Judge S.V. Vovk after previously instructing the Prosecutor General’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigations in February to look into Shokin’s claim that he was fired in early 2016 by then-President Petro Poroshenko after being pressured by Biden.
At the time, Shokin was investigating energy firm Burisma Holdings, where Biden’s son Hunter was currently serving as a board member in a lucrative position.
Just The News added:
The court ruled then that there was adequate evidence to investigate Shokin’s claim that Biden’s pressure on then-President Petro Poroshenko, including a threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, amounted to unlawful interference in Shokin’s work as Ukraine’s chief prosecutor.
But when law enforcement agencies opened the probe they refused to name Biden as the alleged perpetrator of the crime, instead listing the potential defendant as an unnamed American.
Vovk ruled that anonymous listing was improper and ordered the law enforcement agencies to formally name Biden as the accused perpetrator.
The order from Vovk comes as the coronavirus pandemic has crested in the U.S., states are reopening, and the two candidates can presumptively return to live campaigning where President Donald Trump is sure to make Ukraine and Hunter Biden an issue.
The ruling orders “a competent person of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine who conducts procedural management in criminal proceedings No. 62020000000000236 dated February 24, 2020 to enter information into the Unified register of pre-trial investigations … a summary of facts that may indicate the commission of a criminal offense under Paragraph 2 of Article 343 of the Criminal procedure code of Ukraine on criminal proceedings No. 62020000000000236 dated February 24, 2020, namely: information on interference in the activities of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Shokin, Viktor Mykolaiovych performed by citizen of the United States of America Joseph Biden, former U.S. Vice President.”
The judge further noted that “the order of the court may not be appealed.”
An attorney for Shokin, Oleksandr Ivanovych Teleshetskyi, confirmed the order from Vovk but added that Ukrainian officials haven’t complied with it as of yet.
“Viktor Shokin publicly appealed to the president of Ukraine with a request to properly respond to illegal inaction in the investigation of criminal cases that are open against Joseph Biden,” Teleshetskyi said. “Let me remind you that they were discovered precisely as a result of the statement of Viktor Shokin.”
Biden is seen bragging on video during a 2018 event sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees from Ukraine if Poroshenko didn’t fire Shokin.
Biden has denied that his demand that Shokin be fired had anything to do with his investigation into Burisma. Rather, he claims that he and other Western leaders wanted the former top prosecutor out because he was allegedly corrupt.
“While the Biden-Shokin factual dispute remains unresolved, the impeachment trial last year generated testimony from State Department witnesses who said they believed Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma while his father oversaw U.S.-Ukraine policy created an uncomfortable appearance of a conflict of interest,” Just The News reported.
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