15:42 26.04.2018

Anticorruption bodies in Ukraine lived up to expectations of intl partners - German ambassador

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Anticorruption bodies in Ukraine lived up to expectations of intl partners - German ambassador

German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel believes that anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine have justified the trust of international partners, but they expect the creation of an Anti-Corruption Court.

"Yes, I think basically yes. You have to consider they had to be established from scratch. And they have done important work," Reichel said in a joint interview with French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, when asked whether anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine lived up to the expectations of international partners.

The German diplomat stressed that the international community insists that the Anti-Corruption Court should be voted into law in a form that is in accordance with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

Dumont, in turn, said that all efforts in the fight against corruption should get to courts.

"One point that is true is that you can have all the agencies fighting against corruption, but if the justice system itself is not doing its job then it's all for nothing," she said.

The diplomat added that it was important to see progress in the fight against corruption not only for Ukrainians, but for international donors supporting Ukraine along the way.

When asked how the situation with Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) Nazar Kholodnytsky will influence the fight against corruption, Dumont noted that "it obviously is not helping the general fight against corruption."

"It's obviously not good when they fight against each other. We look at that with concern," she said.

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