Poroshenko signs new bill on illicit enrichment

According to the President of Ukraine, the new document was elaborated considering the requirements of the Constitutional Court
13:47, 28 February 2019

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the session of Kirovograd Council of regional development in Kropyvnytsky, February 28, 2019
Twitter Petro Poroshenko

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko 112 intern signed a new bill on criminal responsibility for illicit enrichment and ordered to register the document in the Verkhovna Rada as an urgent one, as reported on his Twitter page.

“I have signed (the bill, - ed.) and I assign to register the presidential draft law on provided punishment for the officials for illicit enrichment with the court’s requirements. I declare this document urgent,” Poroshenko stated.

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Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled unconstitutional an article of a Criminal Code on the illicit enrichment of public officials upon the pretext that the provisions of the article violate the presumption of innocence. 

The Constitutional Court said that the legislative structure of Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "permits accusations based on assumptions." In addition, it includes the provisions regulating the process of evidence, although this is related to the criminal procedure law.

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In addition, the Constitutional Court said that the legislative definition of "illegal enrichment" as a crime makes it possible to shift this responsibility from the prosecution to the defense.

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