Anti-Corruption Court must be established this year - Artem Sytnуk

27.09.2017 00:00

The delay of the Anti-Corruption Court establishment can result into the whole anti-corruption reform failure. It was stressed by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk at the expert discussion «Corruption Perception and Risks Assessment in Judiciary», which took place on September, 2017.

"Now is the best moment for the President of Ukraine to submit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the Draft Law on regulation of establishment and functions of the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC). The achievements of all parties of the anti-corruption reform now depend on the position of the Parliament,” emphasized Artem Syntyk.

The NABU Director reminded of the general concept for the establishment of the HACC, proposed by international and Ukrainian experts (see infographic below). According to it, the High Anti-Corruption Court will consider cases in the first instance. An Appeal Chamber, which will guarantee the rights of citizens to appeal the sentences, would be a part of it. A separate Anti-Corruption Chamber in the Criminal Cassation Court of the Supreme Court will consider cassation appeals.

Artem Sytnyk expressed his gratitude to the Members of the European Parliament, to the European Commission and other European Union (EU) bodies for their support in the issue of establishment of a Specialized Anti-Corruption Court.

"Today thanks to the support of international partners and civil society the need for the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Court is a recognized fact", said Artem Sytnyk.

It should be reminded that as of August 31, 2017, the trials in 26 out of 86 cases, sent by the NABU and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) to courts, have not started yet.

The expert discussion «Corruption Perception and Risks Assessment in Judiciary. An Effective Solution – the Launch of the Anti-Corruption Court?» was organized by the Ukrainian branch of the international network Transparency International with the support of USAID New Justice program of justice sector reform.

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