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.