10:19 13.12.2017

NGOs, MPs ask Ukrainian diaspora to help establish High Anti-Corruption Court

KYIV. Dec 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) - A number of non-governmental organizations and people's deputies of Ukraine have asked the Ukrainian diaspora in the EU, the U.S., Canada and other countries to help create a High Anti-Corruption Court in the country.

"Now there is no reason to believe that the president will fulfill his obligations - to submit a draft law on the High Anti-Corruption Court in the near future. That is why, we, representatives of public organizations and people's deputies, publicly address Ukrainians living in the EU, the U.S., Canada, Australia and other countries around the world to support the fight against corruption in Ukraine, which is now under increasing pressure from the Ukrainian authorities," Chairman of the Center for Political and Legal Studies Mykhailo Lev said at a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Tuesday.

Executive Director of the Center for Political and Legal Studies Taras Boiko noted that activists were urging the diaspora to hold rallies outside Ukrainian embassies in other countries.

A member of the Initiative for Real Action, MP Mustafa Nayyem, believes that it is necessary to make every effort to create an anti-corruption court.

"Now there is a race game: either they are the first to destroy the NABU, or we create an anti-corruption court and will get real results of consideration of the cases that the NABU is now beginning to consider. We have no other way, we cannot move backward," he said.

Ukrainian MP Yehor Sobolev, the leader of the Vyzvolennia (Liberation) movement, asked Ukrainians from all over the world to help peacefully establish "good governance of the state."

"This is the first time that society has come out for the sake of establishing rules, rather than kicking someone out or taking revenge on someone," he said.

The co-founder of NGO Razom for Ukraine (New York), Lyuba Shipovich, said via Skype that corrupt officials are not very patriotic and often do not use the national currency for operations and payments, so sooner or later corruption-related cases become accountable to other countries.

"Therefore, Ukrainians in different countries should unite and exert pressure with the help of these countries," she said.

An expert of the Reanimation Package of Reforms group, Oleksandr Lemenov, said that of the nearly a hundred cases that have been investigated by the NABU and now transferred to the Solomiansky District Court of Kyiv, most of them are being slowed down, especially when it concerns top corrupt officials.

"And if the Nasirov case is heard at the same pace, then we will get a court decision tentatively in 2022, so the creation of an anti-corruption court is very important," he said.

At the same time, Lemenov noted that the competition commission for the selection of judges to this body should not include representatives of political parties and there should be representatives of the international community who will have a "blocking package" in making decisions.

The address to the Ukrainian community abroad about joint actions in the creation of the High Anti-Corruption Court was supported by the Center for Political and Legal Studies, the Initiative for Real Action, Anti-Corruption Headquarters, Transparency International Ukraine, the Chesno (Honestly) movement, the Reanimation Package of Reforms, and a number of MPs.

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