Ex-president Yushchenko on why bandits are not in prisons

Author : Viktor Yushchenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Yushchenko: How many bandits were put behind the bars by Vaclav Havel or Aleksander Kwasniewski, or Angela Merkel?
13:00, 21 November 2017

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My dear Ukrainians! There is another one replica, which sounds quite often: Why do bandits do not sit in prisons?

I have a counter-question: how many bandits were put behind the bars by Vaclav Havel or Aleksander Kwasniewski, or Angela Merkel?

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There is a general concept: all responses to violations of the law must be found in accordance with the law. It would be strange if the president were to act as a court, a general prosecutor or a minister of internal affairs. Everyone who today represents the most democratic political movements, was assigned by me to those departments responsible for both current law-enforcement activities and for future law enforcement reform. Olexander Turchynov had the opportunity to reform the Security Service, and Yuriy Lutsenko - the Ministry of Internal Affairs. What hindered the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Arseniy Yatsenyuk, relying on the parliamentary majority and the support of the government of Yulia Tymoshenko, to implement any reform?!

The president does not judge and does not plant. The President forms a political course and a system of government in accordance with the Constitution and laws of Ukraine. What should I do then? I had to appoint those institutions of people whose professionalism and human qualities I trusted at the head of those institutions. The president is not forced to endure court sentences or injunctions against the actions of citizens and political forces. I was convinced that for these actions, I have the right people at each of the posts, they have the authority, they have the legal right to pursue legal proceedings.

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If we say "gangsters should go to the prisons", this means that the president is implementing a political course that dismantles the abuse of official duties at the level of ministers, heads of special services and prosecutors, but does not interfere in the activities of the court, the prosecutor's office and the police. The president forms the leadership of these institutions so that they are true to the law. Then the responsibility of the Minister, Prosecutor General, and the chairman of the SBU begins. If we take as an example the reform of the law enforcement system. In Georgia, the patrol police's reform continued for several months. What hindered such a reform in Ukraine, for example, in 2007-2008? At that time Yuriy Lutsenko worked as the Minister of the Internal Affairs, Arseniy Yatsenyuk was the chairman of the parliament, and Yulia Tymoshenko was in charge of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. There was every opportunity for the democratic majority, in cooperation with the relevant ministry and the government, to prepare and adopt in Parliament all the laws and regulations required for it. This configuration of power existed for almost a full year. And it was more than sufficient time to at least start reforming the law enforcement agencies.

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Maidan gave a new reality and new opportunities. It was not necessary to turn your head back and start persecution, even when offended unfairly. I remember this, but I do not want to set a goal to pursue. Obviously, in the first year after the elections, it was necessary to pay more attention to these issues, but the team's efforts were directed at some other completely unconstructive issues.

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