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Ukraine’s President discussed legislative initiatives with detectives of anti-corruption bureau

February 9, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with the Board of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) to discuss a series of legislative initiatives
Ukraine's President discussed legislative initiatives with detectives of anti-corruption bureau

President Poroshenko informed that significant number of criminal proceedings had already been registered in the NABU. Some of them are already being submitted to the court, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Presidential Administration.

Legislation should facilitate your work,” the President said.

The President guarantees political will to struggle against corruption. “Just as all Ukrainians, I have huge expectations regarding the NABU,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized and noted that the anti-corruption activity in the judicial sphere was a priority.

Prevention of political pressure on judges and abolition of judicial immunity and release on bail is essential for that.

According to him, the constitutional reform on the judicial system of Ukraine will provide these changes.

The President agrees that the abolition of parliamentary immunity is also essential. According to Petro Poroshenko, the given draft law had been endorsed by the Constitutional Court and could be considered at the current session of the Parliament.

NABU Director Artem Sytnyk noted the necessity of amendments to the law on the Bureau in the context of increasing the responsibility of persons who appeal for the information they provide initiating the investigation. According to the detectives, this will prevent the misuse of the application submission by politicians.

The President welcomed this position. “I fully support that. As for today, there are statistical reports of various criminal cases. We have a people’s deputy who registered more than 300 applications since the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. But he didn’t come to provide evidence, for you shall be responsible for the false testimony. Of course, we should revise the situation when 30 applications based on false testimony published online are submitted per day and nobody is responsible for that,” the Head of State stressed.

You should focus on truly resonant cases, not political rumble,” the President added.

President Poroshenko also welcomed the initiative of encouraging cooperation with the investigation. “Without this instrument, criminal cases will be investigated for years,” he said.

At the same time, the President didn’t support the idea of providing the opportunity for the NABU to conduct covert investigative actions, particularly interception of communications. According to him, access to this information is the restriction of human rights.