National Anti-Corruption Bureau and State Bureau of Investigation granted right of independent wiretapping

Source : 112 Ukraine

National Anti-Corruption Bureau will be able to hire secret agents
10:38, 17 October 2019

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Law No. 187-IX on Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code came into force in Ukraine. The document was published in the official parliamentary edition yesterday.

The authorized bodies of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) were granted the right to withdraw information from transport telecommunication networks. In doing so, telecommunication operators should assist and do not disclose received information.

The maximum number of chiefs in the NABU has been changed from 500 to 200 (the composition of the central and territorial departments remains at the level of 700 people).

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The law stipulates that the so-called "secret agents" - non-public employees - will work at NABU. To elect them, the director of the National Bureau creates a separate commission of NABU’s employees who have access to the state's top-secret information.

There are some changes to the examination procedure as well. Yes, the investigator or prosecutor is obliged to provide the examination. The defense party may ask for the examination. An examination may be carried out by a special agency, expert or group of experts.

The defense party may independently involve experts on a contractual basis to carry out an examination, including a mandatory one. However, the defense party has the right to ask the investigating judge to conduct the examination - in particular, if he has no money for it.

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