Transparency International said Poroshenko on the flaws in the bill about anti-corruption court

Public organization Transparency International (TI) Ukraine criticized a bill (No. 7440) Higher anti-corruption court, which has contributed to the Verkhovna Rada by the President of Ukraine. This is stated in the statement of the organization, which refer to the conclusions of the Venice Commission.

“There is reasonable doubt that in the case of the adoption of the draft Law of Ukraine No. 7440 “On Higher anti-corruption court,” he will allow an independent and unbiased selection of judges and to ensure the proper functioning of the future of Higher anti-corruption court,” the statement said.

In Transparency International notes that the draft law provides for only Advisory role of the Public Council of international experts, but the Venice Commission recommended granting a crucial role to international experts in the selection process of judges.

It is noted that in the President’s bill extended the jurisdiction includes a number of crimes that are actually under investigation of national police and National Bureau of investigation. This in turn loads the Higher anti-corruption court with too many cases.

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In addition, according to experts, the President proposes too high requirements for candidates for judge of a High court anti-corruption. Thus, the candidate for this position except the work experience of a judge or lawyer, research activities should have experience in international activities in the field of law on combating and fight against corruption, have knowledge and practical skills of application of modern international anti-corruption standards in the sphere of counteracting and combating corruption, law of the European court of human rights. The organization believes that these requirements significantly narrow the number of potential judges.

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Thus, Transparency International Ukraine calls on President to revoke the adopted document and to revise the bill in accordance with the conclusions of the Venice Commission.

We will remind, on December 26 on the website of the Verkhovna Rada published the draft law No. 7440 “On higher anti-corruption court” that was filed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The document identified as urgent. The highest anti-corruption court should consider criminal proceedings related to the offences that contain a corrupt component.

  • President
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  • the Venice Commission
  • the highest anti-corruption court

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