Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says deputies of her faction supported draft law № 744 on creating the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine in the first reading but that they will prepare a number of fundamental changes to the bill for the second reading.
“Today we supported the president’s draft law on establishing the High Anti-Corruption Court in the first reading. But in the second reading Batkivshchyna as a faction will only vote for a bill that takes into account our changes or those of other opposition factions that will protect the anti-corruption court from the direct influence of the president,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists in the Verkhovna Rada.
The politician noted that the international community and Ukrainian society are demanding that the High Anti-Corruption Court is independent of the president of Ukraine and all other political institutions.
“President Petro Poroshenko introduced a bill on the High Anti-Corruption Court in which the court, unfortunately, is totally dependent on the president of Ukraine. Because he is afraid that he personally will be the anti-corruption court’s first client,” she said.
Yulia Tymoshenko also noted that the Batkivshchyna faction had introduced alternative bill № 7440-4 on the High Anti-Corruption Court which “clearly spells out the essence of a High Anti-Corruption Court that is independent of the president, government and parliament.”
“If Batkivshchyna’s version of the bill on the High Anti-Corruption Court had been supported, all international requirements, including those of the Venice Commission, would have been guaranteed and we would be certain that this court could fight corruption,” the parliamentarian added.