Ukraine needs an independent anti-corruption court, not deception by the president

21:19 07.06.2018

Batkivshchyna faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine can only function properly if it is independent of the president and his corrupt environment. Instead, Poroshenko’s draft law that was introduced in the Verkhovna Rada did not provide for the independence of the anti-corruption court from him personally.

“On the contrary, it created a mechanism for the president to influence the formation and functioning of this court. That is why we criticized this law and made changes that met the requirements of the Venice Commission. None of my changes was supported by the pro-Poroshenko majority in parliament. We fought until the end for the final version of the bill with all the changes to be sent to the experts of the Venice Commission prior to the deciding vote. But in the bill the presidential majority left the court dependent on Poroshenko and held the final vote,” Batkivshchyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko said.

The politician said that her faction faced a dilemma whether to vote or not for this law as written by the president.

“We and other democratic forces in the Verkhovna Rada decided to vote ‘yes’ for the following reasons: obviously, the law on the anti-corruption court could have been passed either in Poroshenko’s version or not passed at all, and Ukraine needs an anti-corruption court as an important element of fighting corruption. We hope that if democratic politicians, civil society and our international partners join forces we can limit Poroshenko from influencing the formation of the court manually, contrary to the adopted law,” the parliamentarian said.

Yulia Tymoshenko urged civil society organizations to help monitor the application of this law and the selection of members of the court, to ensure that it becomes an independent body.

She also said that the president again turned a necessary issue such as the creation the an anti-corruption court into PR for himself.

“The adoption of the law on the High Anti-Corruption Court is deception, just like the pathetic reform of the judicial system, health care system and pension system. Our job together is to not give Poroshenko and his environment chances to use the anti-corruption court in their interests and to turn it into another Potemkin village,” the party leader said.