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Poroshenko urges to prepare bill on Anti-corruption court for second reading at earliest

Poroshenko claimed about the launch of the anti-corruption infrastructure and the creation of the Anti-corruption court should finish it
17:36, 6 March 2018

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Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine urged the Verkhovna Rada to prepare the draft law on Anti-corruption court for the second reading and discuss the recommendations of the Venice Commission as soon as possible. He claimed this at the interview to Financial Times as the press service of the president reported.

‘Under the rules of the Ukrainian Parliament, we have two weeks to prepare any amendments, and I insist that it should be a short period of time for the Parliament to analyze all the amendments and find compromise and vote. And my request to the Parliament is please do it as soon as possible and discuss the recommendations of the Venice Commission’, he said.

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Also, he reported on his demands to the draft law.

‘My only request is the Constitution. Why? Because I am the guarantor of the Constitution. And I oppose the idea that the very next day, anyone can go to the Constitutional Court and suspend or stop this law. That would be a catastrophe’, the president emphasized.

Poroshenko claimed about the launch of the anti-corruption infrastructure and the creation of the Anti-corruption court should finish it.

‘We are launching a huge anti-corruption package. First of all, we presented absolutely independent anti-corruption infrastructure, the National Anticorruption Bureau’, Poroshenko said.

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According to him, NABU opened the criminal proceedings against the number of top-ranking officials. 1,692 corruption cases had Ukrainian court decisions just during 2017. He reminded that earlier the MPs supported the draft law on the Anti-corruption court.

The president noted that he initiated the appeal to the Venice Commission that claimed that the law should be consistent with national legislation. The president also expressed the hope that a compromise will be achieved between the MPs and international organizations.

‘And now when the parliament supports my presidential draft law by an almost constitutional majority, we have an opportunity for the discussion in the parliament. And I am absolutely happy if all our partners can exchange arguments and find a definite compromise’, he claimed.

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As we reported the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the presidential draft law #7440 on the Anti-corruption court as the basis on March 1.

The draft law provides that the Anti-corruption court will consider the cases if the target of crime or inflicted damage surpasses the sum of the living wage for the able-bodied person at least in 500 times. It is the main condition. It does not matter what department considered the case National Police, Prosecutor General’s Office or the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Some of the articles concert the violations connected to the drugs or weaponry, however, there is no article on the e-declarations.

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