Among 68 criminal proceedings in which the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed the pre-trial investigation and the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) sent the indictment to courts, the trials haven’t started yet regarding 24 criminal proceedings. In some cases, the trial hasn’t started more than a year.
The longest failure to start the trial has lasted for 15 months. This is a trial as of the case of receiving improper advantage by the judge of Severodonetsky District Court, also known as a judge with estate in Spain. The trial as of the case of unlawful influence on the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine has not started for more than 12 months.
There are a lot of reasons of why the courts fail to start considering the NABU`s cases: the problem of determining jurisdiction, employment and recusals of judges, failures to appear in courts, the returning of indictment, lengthy trial at the appellate instance, etc.
The establishment of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court will lead the NABU`s investigations to concluding point and will become the turning point of Ukraine's reform process. We emphasized that the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court will create a true vertical for the efficient fight against corruption along with the NABU and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.
* All figures are as of 31.05. 2017
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