Zelensky vetoes law on imprisonment for false declaration

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Office of President explained that there are loopholes in the law that allow an official to be prosecuted only for falsely declaring property reported to him by family members
12:39, 15 June 2021

President Voloshyna Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky vetoed the law on the return of the prison for lying in declarations, which the parliament passed on June 3, 2021. The press service of the President's Office reported this.

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"President Volodymyr Zelensky returned to the Verkhovna Rada with his proposals the Law On Amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses of Ukraine, the Criminal Code of Ukraine on Improving Liability for Declaring False Information and Failure to Declare a Declaration," the message says.

It is noted that the President initiated this draft law, but during its consideration, the deputies made changes to the procedure for declaring information on movable and immovable property owned or used by members of the declarant's family. According to the amendments, such property is indicated in the declaration if the declarant's family members have provided him with the relevant information.

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"Therefore, the declarant can be prosecuted only for falsely declaring objects about which he was informed by family members. This gives a legal loophole to unscrupulous declarants in order not to indicate in their declarations movable and immovable property owned or used by their relatives, explaining this by the fact that their family members allegedly did not provide them with relevant information about this property," the Office of President said.

As it was reported earlier, Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading and in general the bill № 4651 on strengthening the responsibility for false declarations of incomes. It also predicted imprisonment for lying in declarations. More details about what the document provides - HERE.

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