What do you think of the recent amendments to the text of the law on the anti-corruption court?
Serhiy Alekseyev, a deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada’s legal policy and justice committee and lawmaker from the pro-presidential Bloc of Petro Poroshenko. I haven’t researched the law, but I know Ruslan Knyazevych (head of the legal policy and justice committee) said verbally that there will be no appeals for corruption cases other than through the anti-corruption court’s (appeal chamber). It couldn’t be in the text of the law. It could be a misprint. The mechanisms in the law are tailor-made to make sure that this court will be created without any (political) influence.
Sergii Leshchenko, a lawmaker from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko and critic of the president. It’s just another attempt to sabotage the anti-corruption court and another example of how the Presidential Administration is derailing the creation of an independent court.
Roman Kuybida, a judicial expert at the Reanimation Package of Reforms and member of the Public Integrity Council, a civil society watchdog of the judicial system. The current law is better than the initial bill, but it’s far from perfect. (Foreigners) will not influence the assigning of scores (to candidates for judges of the court). Those who are afraid of the anti-corruption court will do their best to appoint their loyalists there.
Markiyan Halabala, a lawyer who has participated in negotiations with foreign partners on the anti-corruption court. The fact that these cases were not transferred to the anti-corruption court’s appeal chamber was apparently a result of some agreements with suspects in corruption cases.
Daria Kaleniuk, executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center. (The clause on appeal courts) will bury existing cases of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. It is also in the interests of the Presidential Administration to retain Chief Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytsky, and use him to prevent corrupt officials from being prosecuted.
Mykhailo Zhernakov, a former judge and member of the Public Integrity Council. Cassation (second appeals in corruption cases) will be considered by the Supreme Court’s criminal chamber, and that’s a problem, (as the Supreme Court has been discredited.)
Eka Tkeshelashvili, head of the European Union’s Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine, speaks at the opening of Corruption Park, which was funded by the initiative, in Kyiv's National Botanic Garden on June 1. President Petro Poroshenko signed a law...