Parliament backs Zelensky's amendments to law on Anti-Corruption Court

Parliament backs Zelensky's amendments to law on Anti-Corruption Court

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The Verkhovna Rada has approved at first reading a bill introducing amendments to the law on the High Anti-Corruption Court (concerning the beginning of the court's work).

A total of 345 MPs voted for a respective decision on Tuesday, Ukrinform reports.

At the same time, it was decided to halve the time needed to prepare the document for second reading, with 294 deputies voting in favor.

The draft law stipulates that the jurisdiction of the High Anti-Corruption Court as a trial or appellate court, investigative judges extends to criminal proceedings the information on which was included in the single register of pretrial investigations from the day of commencement of the court's work.

It is proposed that this clause does not apply to criminal proceedings investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and completed by prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO).

The draft law also stipulates that the HACC receives all criminal proceedings pretrial investigations in which were completed by SAPO prosecutors and the judicial consideration of which was not completed by trial and appellate courts before the day the HACC begins its work.

On August 29, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tabled in parliament bill No. 1025 introducing amendments to the law of Ukraine on the High Anti-Corruption Court (concerning the beginning of the court's work).

On September 6, the parliament's committee on anti-corruption policy recommended that the Verkhovna Rada adopt this document at first reading and as a whole.

The Verkhovna Rada supported a bill on the creation of the High Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine on June 7, 2018.

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