Ukrainian Prosecutor General orders dismissal of four prosecutors in Ternopil because of corruption

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, has ordered the dismissal of four government prosecutors in Ternopil for demanding and receiving improper benefits in February 2016, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reported.

“Yuriy Lutsenko … has dismissed the Deputy Prosecutor of the region, the head of one of the local prosecutor’s offices, his deputy and a prosecutor who, by prior agreement with a group, demanded and received undue benefits in February 2016,” said the report published on Saturday.

Speaking about changes that he expects in Ternopil region, Lutsenko called it obvious that currently the prosecutor’s office does not prosecute illegal activity in the region.

 “There are two possible answers to this question: prosecutors can be out of loop and I don’t need such officials because they don’t know what is going on in their own territory, or they get a share and I need them even less,” Lutsenko summarized.

On Saturday, he introduced a new Prosecutor of Ternopil region, Vyacheslav Perch. “He has been working in the Prosecutor’s Office for 24 years and I’m sure that this is the person who can teach a young team,” Lutsenko noted. He added that his only requirement is that three of the four Deputies are locals who know the region.

Vyacheslav Perch is a Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Justice. He was born in Chernivtsi on the 1st of March 1962. Perch graduated from Volgograd High School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR, and has been working in the Prosecutor’s Office since 1992. He served as a senior investigative officer of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Head of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

  Corruption, Lutsenko, Ukraine