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USA to help PGO to check Ukrainian prosecutors for corruption

The Prosecutor-General's Office creates a new service that will be subordinated directly to the prosecutor-general.

The Prosecutor-General's Office with the assistance of the United States will create a new secret department that will check the PGO staff for involvement in corruption, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko told a meeting of the PACE committee on 19 September.

"Another direction is the creation, along with our US colleagues of a special unit named IG – Inspectorate General, for which PGO in the process of selecting of the future head from among 99 applicants. This service will secretly check the signals of corruption or abuse of office by prosecutors. It will not be accountable to anyone except the Prosecutor General, " Lutsenko said as quoted by LІGA.net.

The chief prosecutor assured that the Inspection General will act within the law and will become a "punishing sword" to clean up the system.

"I am confident that both these structures will purge hundreds of prosecutors from the current fifteen thousand prosecutors of Ukraine" he added.

Lutsenko also said that the establishment of the Inspectorate General was initiated by the earlier dismissed Deputy Prosecutor-General Davit Sakvarelidze.

Over the past six months, about 900 corruption cases have been sent to courts, of which 276 cases have ended up in sentences.