17:23 15.08.2017

Police probing 14 criminal cases involving illegal party financing – Korchak

Police probing 14 criminal cases involving illegal party financing – Korchak

The National Police of Ukraine are investigating 14 criminal cases involving violations of procedure in funding political parties. Some 70 persons have received administrative penalties, National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) Chief Natalia Korchak has said.

"Active work is underway to abide by the legal principles for financing political parties. The NACP has discovered violations linked to failure to comply."

"There are two ways to finance parties: government finance and party dues by legal organizations or individuals…" Korchak said on Tuesday during a briefing in Kyiv.

She said the NACP had discovered many violations which constitute criminal offenses.

"As of today, the police have opened 14 criminal cases. Some 38 administrative offenses have been registered and… 70 people have been fined," Korchak said. She added that on September 4 a court hearing involving the Svoboda political party would be heard. The party allegedly received a UAH 2 million cash contribution.

"We will have an opportunity to see whether the court is ready to confront this issue in our new way of addressing violations," the NACP chief said.

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