Head of the Batkivshchyna faction Yulia Tymoshenko has said her faction will support a draft law on the creation of an Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine only if it takes into account key requirements of the Venice Commission and changes proposed by Batkivshchyna to protect the court from undue influence.
“If Batkivshchyna’s changes are accepted and the anti-corruption court will be truly independent of the main corrupt officials in the state, then this is the kind of anti-corruption court Ukraine needs,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a press briefing following today’s meeting of the coordination board of heads of factions and committees.
The parliamentarian noted the importance of the issue and the fact that the international community is demanding that such a court be created; however, President Petro Poroshenko’s legislative initiative does not provide for the creation of an independent body.
“Poroshenko’s bill would make the anti-corruption court dependent on him,” she warned.
Yulia Tymoshenko said that while Batkivshchyna supported the first reading of the bill, she personally signed in support of all the revisions to the bill that were proposed by the Venice Commission and that will prevent the president from influencing the anti-corruption court.
“But if the Rada passes a bill that is formed through the president of Ukraine, then this anti-corruption court will not do anything about the rampant corruption in the president’s office and his circle, and we will not support it,” the parliamentarian said.