An anti-corruption court under the president’s control is unacceptable!

14:24 07.06.2018

Batkivshchyna faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko says an anti-corruption court is needed immediately, but creating one under the current version of the bill is unacceptable as it would make the newly created body dependent on and controlled by the president.

“I can solidly say that the agreed bill leaves the High Anti-Corruption Court as the private property of the president of Ukraine, so forget about fighting corruption,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during the debate on the bill in parliament.

The politician urged parliamentarians to vote against the bill until the Venice Commission provides its report on the final text of the draft law.

“This version of the bill must be given immediately to the Venice Commission and we should make a decision only after they provide their conclusions, because what the bill currently provides has nothing to do with an independent anti-corruption court,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko said that the Batkivshchyna faction continues to support the creation of an anti-corruption court, but only if the court is “independent personally of the president of Ukraine and his corrupt environment.”

“If this court is independent then it will have meaning. But if this court will be a puppet in the hands of the president, then why do we need this circus?” the politician added.