Zelensky vetoes bill on imprisonment for lies in asset declarations

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Kornienko, they voted for the law, realizing that there would be a veto
12:59, 14 June 2021

Press conference of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, May 20, 2021

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has vetoed bill No. 4651 on liability for inaccurate filing of asset declarations by officials. This was confirmed by the first deputy chairman of the Servant of the People faction Oleksandr Kornienko in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

“I call this the fastest veto in history: when you vote, and the president calls David (Arakhamia, head of the Servant of the People faction, - ed.) a minute later and says that he is vetoing it. Indeed, there is a group of MPs who understand and interpret in different ways, in particular, the conclusions of the Constitutional Court regarding the declaration. And let's speak frankly: even in our faction there are different views and attitudes towards anti-corruption reform," Kornienko said.

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Kornienko noted that one of the amendments concerned alleged convenience for declarants. This is an amendment by deputy Ihor Fris, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine.

"He believes that if the declarant is not aware of the assets of his wife or family members who live with him and fall under the declaration, then this is not a criminal offense, because you do not know," the MP added.

According to Kornienko, they voted for the law, realizing that there would be a veto.

As we reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada passed a law tightening liability for declaring unreliable information and failure to file an asset declaration, which provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment.

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