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President’s Office wants to criminalize wiretapping of top officials, - Head of Office

Source : 112 Ukraine

Yermak hopes that such law can save Zelensky and team from wiretapping scandals
21:18, 1 July 2020

RIA Novosti

Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak said that Ukraine should have a law on criminal liability for listening and publishing conversations of top officials. He stated this in an interview with The Washington Post, as Hromadske reported.

It’s abnormal when someone writes down the head of state. And it doesn’t matter if it is an illegal act of a Ukrainian citizen for internal reasons or foreign intelligence services are behind it,” Yermak said, commenting on the recordings of the conversation between Petro Poroshenko and Joe Biden published at the end of May.

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According to the head of the President’s Office, the new law can reassure international diplomats who are worried about the fact that in Ukraine it is difficult to keep confidential the conversations of top officials.

Yermak also hopes that the law will protect Zelensky and his team from wiretapping scandals and misinformation campaigns. At the same time, the law may alarm journalists and anti-corruption journalists, because the document will not allow them to distribute records that prove corruption to politicians, judges, prosecutors, and the like.

As we reported before, on May 19, non-affiliated MP Andriy Derkach published a few audio records of the talk of then ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Head of the U.S. State Department John Kerry. According to the MP, they may witness the influence of Joe Biden on Petro Poroshenko.

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