Kasko left Transparency International Ukraine to represent Trade Commodity in court


Member of the Board of Transparency International Ukraine, partner in Vasyl Kisil and Partners law firm Vitalii Kasko gave up his membership in the organization in order to be able to represent Trade Commodity company in court hearings on its alleged involvement in corruption schemes with Defense Ministry.

Censor.NET reports citing a statement by Transparency International Ukraine on Facebook.

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"Member of the Board of Transparency International Ukraine, partner in the Vasyl Kisil and Partners law firm Vitalii Kasko gave up his membership.

"Vitalii Kasko explained his decision by the fact that, as a head of criminal law section of one of major Ukrainian law firms, he is likely to participate in defense of clients, including those suspected of corruption-related offenses. Despite the fact that global practice avoids identifying a lawyer with a client he defends, in Ukraine we have seen and can expect further attempts at interpreting the work of defense in such proceedings as a conflict of interest between the professional activity of a defense attorney and his social activity, that is, membership in the Board of Transparency International Ukraine.

"TI Ukraine's board supported Vitalii Kasko's decision," the statement reads.

"The standard of rule of law in developed countries provides for quality defense for anyone, including persons suspected of corruption. We are thankful to Vitalii for our long-standing cooperation and support his decision to focus on his legal practice as a defense attorney, the quality of which is one of the basic characteristics of a fair trial," says Chairman of the Board Andrii Marusov.

Prior to Kasko's resignation from TI, media received an announcement of a press conference held by Trade Commodity. The company is featured in the NABU case on alleged corruption in procurement of fuel for the Ukrainian Army. The announcement listed Kasko among the speakers.

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On Oct. 11, 2017 NABU detectives together with SAP prosecutors conducted a number of raids that resulted in detention of two people suspected of embezzlement: deputy defense minister and director of State Procurement and Material Supplies Department. Later, it was reported that the detained deputy minister of defense is Lieutenant General Ihor Pavlovskyi.

Head of Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytskyi told a briefing later that the prosecutors will ask for arrest and a bail in amount of one third of the damage inflicted, i.e. 149 million hryvnia.

The detention of the Defense Ministry officials was commented by the president, who said he would not allow anyone stealing from the army.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n459375