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HOT ANTICORRUPTION NEWS / Issue #86
January 18, 2019
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Today's issue:
 
- anticorruption court news: PCIE has banned all questionable candidates, whom they considered today;
- Supreme Court abolished decision of the High Council of Justice to reprimand judge-whistleblower Larysa Golnyk;
Kholodnytskyi’s prosecutors illegally transferred to the police the case regarding embezzlement of 300 million UAH (approx. 11 million USD) on the “green tariff” schemes by members of the Opposition Bloc;
- international medicines procurements: 90% of medicines from the Oncology For Adults Program are procured cheaper today than in 2014 – AntAC report;
- attacks against activists;
- recommended reading

 
Anticorruption court news:
PCIE has banned all questionable candidates, whom they considered today
On January 18, the Public Council of International Experts held the first joint meeting with the High Qualification Commission of Judges on questionable candidates to the anticorruption court. Candidates nominated for exclusion from the competition by the international experts were invited to joint meetings, where they had the opportunity to refute doubts about themselves by answering questions.

In the course of today's meeting the PCIE members vetoed all 8 candidates, who were considered. The PCIE members stood strong and consistent on their stance despite the fact that the candidates tried to persuade them with dubious evidence and provided questionable explanations. 


In total, the Public Council of International Experts initiated veto for 49 out of 113 candidates. 

5 more joint session of the PCIE and the HQCJ will be held over the next two weeks: January 21, January 22, January 23, January 24 and January 28. The beginning of all meetings is scheduled at 9.30 a.m. in the HQCJ premises at the address Kyiv, 9 Mekhanizatoriv street.

The procedure of veto is as follows: during joint meetings members of the HQCJ and the PCIE will vote whether candidates meet the criteria of integrity and have professional competence. If 3 out of 6 PCIE members and 9 HQCJ members do not confirm the candidate’s suitability, he or she stops participating in the competition.

At that point the PCIE’s work will be completed and the High Qualification Commission of Judges will shortlist winners of the competition from remaining candidates at its own discretion.

For the court to start working, at least 35 judges have to be appointed, including 10 for the Appeal Chamber. The new court is supposed to go into action in spring 2019. It will receive all cases investigated by NABU and prosecuted by SAPO, even those that are already being considered in other courts.

Previously, civil society organizations - AntAC, TI-Ukraine, Automaidan and Dejure Foundation scrutinized all candidates and came up with the list of 55, who are questionable. 
Supreme Court abolished decision of the High Council of Justice to reprimand judge Golnyk


The Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled unlawful and abolished the decision of the High Council of Justice to reprimand the judge-whistleblower Larysa Golnyk. 

Though the reprimand was cancelled, it nevertheless served its ill purpose as judge Golnyk was prevented from running for the anticorruption court. More details
SAPO prosecutors illegally transferred to police the case regarding embezzlement of approx. 11 million USD on the “green tariff” schemes by members of the OppoBloc

Prosecutors of the Specialized Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office violated norms of the Criminal Procedure Code and transferred to the National Police the case regarding embezzlement of 300 million UAH (approx. 11 million USD) on the green tariff schemes. 

The investigation found out that an enterprise, controlled by local Members of

Parliament in Zaporizhzhya region from the Opposition Bloc Ruslan Bozhko and Oleksandr Repkin, sold electricity to the state enterprise at overestimated price.

This case was added to the “
Register of Dumped Cases“. More details
International medicines procurements: 90% of medicines from the Oncology For Adults Program are procured cheaper today than in 2014 – AntAC report

According to the report prepared by the Anti-Corruption Action Center with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation, within four years of existence of the system for procurement of medicines via international organizations, it has been possible to significantly expand the number of positions procured by the state for the treatment of oncology patients.

The number of drugs in the list of medicines, procured by the state via international organizations for pediatric and adult oncology patients, has increased by 30-40%, depending on the program.

In general, if we compare prices in 2014 – in 2017, most drugs for oncology patients were procured cheaper. Even in cases when the international organization in Ukraine procured the same brands and forms of drugs which the Ministry of Health of Ukraine used to procure before, prices have dropped significantly compared with 2014. Full text of the report. 

Attacks against activists
We keep asking - who murdered Katya Handziuk?

Oleksiy Levin (Moskalenko), the organizer of Handziuk’s murder, is still not on the wanted list.

The names of those standing behind her murder have not been disclosed yet, and apparently the Prosecutor General's Office decided that they could not search for organizers too.

Oleksiy Levin (Moskalenko) is known criminal figure in Kherson region. He was also the assistant to the member of Kherson Regional Council Mykola Stavytskyi from Lyashko's Radical Party. It is also known that he has provided "power covering" for unofficial activities of the Governor Andriy Gordeyev (BPP) and the head of the Regional Council Vladyslav Manger (Batkivshchyna). More details (please, see English version in the post below). 

French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont named Handziuk's murder and lack of investigation as key disappointment of international community in Ukraine. 


Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Backsliding as Election Looms in Ukraine

Recommended reading
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