Court decisions are crucial for anti-corruption reform – NABU Director

07.06.2017 00:00

Court decisions in the top-corruption cases, investigated by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) will testify that anti-corruption reform in Ukraine is successfully implemented. This was stressed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the meeting with the representatives of the Working Party on Eastern Europe and Central Asia (COEST).

«We are at a crucial point. Corrupt system resists and we have to break it, in particular, due to the court decisions as of top corrupted officials. The current judicial system has clearly demonstrated its inability to work openly, independently and justly. The abovementioned statement is evidenced by the fact that the NABU Detectives exposed and detained more than 20 judges as of the facts of the corruption», said Artem Sytnyk.

According to the NABU Director, in some NABU`s cases the trial hasn’t started for more than a year. This is the main reason why the NABU supports the initiative to establish a Specialized Anti-Corruption Court.

Artem Sytnyk informed the representatives of the COEST on the principles of the institutional independence of the Bureau, its activities, its interaction with other law enforcement agencies inside and outside of Ukraine.

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The European Union Working Party on Eastern Europe and Central Asia (COEST) includes representatives from all 28 European Union (EU) member states. It formulates and presents at the work level the positions of the member of the EU and works jointly with other working groups of the European Council on Eastern European and Central Asia for passing them to the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union. The mandate of the Working Group includes a regular review of the EU sanctions related to Ukraine.