On September 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law No. 8336 in the first reading. Parliamentary committee on law enforcement chaired by Andriy Kozhemiakin intends to consider it for the second reading on Wednesday October 17.
The draft law allegedly aims at eliminating obstacles for the criminal investigations, created in October 2017 by the so-called “Lozovyi’s amendment”. However, it creates even more serious problems for investigation of grand corruption.
Thus, the draft law suggests to abolish mandatory appointment through the court of all forensics, except for economic and those appointed for the needs of investigation of top-corruption cases.
Moreover, information about all forensics is suggested to be collected in one state registry. Wide number of people will have access to it, which would allow subjects of corruption proceedings to receive information about ongoing investigation and appointed forensics, as well as learn the names of experts for exerting pressure.
Preservation of existing judicial control of forensics for cases of top-level corruption and creation of a single register of forensics are unacceptable. MP Mustafa Nayyem submitted relevant amendments to remove detrimental provisions. More details in a legal brief.