The NABU and the SAPO expect for restoration of criminal liability for illegal enrichment and returning to the National Bureau the authority to invalidate illegal agreements in court. Both tools have justified their effectiveness. This was stressed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the press conference on August 9, 2019.
“Over the past six months, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine made decisions that deprived the NABU of anti-corruption tools. The fact that the liability for illegal enrichment was canceled proved that it was an effective tool. If this was not the case, the relevant article of the Criminal Code has not been canceled,” said Artem Sytnyk.
In support of the effectiveness of the NABU authority to file claims for invalidation of agreements, NABU Director noted: “Over the past six months, at the request of the National Bureau, the court invalidated 7 agreements for 906 million UAH in total. These decisions have already entered into legal force.”
In addition, in the first half of 2019, the NABU and the SAPO initiated an investigation as of 533 new proceedings, gave notices of suspicion to 69 people, and sent 32 cases to court as of 70 people. Thanks to efforts of the NABU Detectives, in criminal proceedings in which pre-trial investigation is in progress, 107.81 mln UAH were refunded to the State.
Artem Sytnyk expressed the hope that the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) will begin its work on September 5, 2019, as planned.
“Recently, society has learned about how justice is administered in some courts. To a certain extent, this gives an answer to the question of why cases are delayed in the courts. I believe that we will never hear about such conversations in the HACC as we heard in the Kyiv District Administrative Court,” the NABU Director emphasized.
“208 cases across Ukraine are already awaiting for the court decisions. Until the end of August 2019, we will send 10 more cases to court. In general, we are ready to send all cases to the HACC. The country, citizens, including us, are awaiting for sentencing,” said the SAPO Head Nazar Kholodnytskyi.
Heads of anti-corruption bodies emphasized on the need to amend the Law of Ukraine “On the Higher Anti-Corruption Court”, which will eliminate the risks of blocking the work of the court again by sending him an array of cases of corruption at different levels.
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The results of NABU and SAPO in figures - nabu_results_i_half_2019.pdf