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HOT ANTICORRUPTION NEWS / Issue #76
October 20, 2018
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Today's issue:
 
- selections of anticorruption judges: HQCJ/PCIE joint sessions to be held during Christmas time;
- Rada Committee preserves appointment of forensics in corruption investigations by courts and state monopoly on their conduction;
- Poroshenko’s party MPs blocked the initiative to request dismissal of scandalous intelligence top official

 
Selections of anticorruption judges: HQCJ/PCIE joint sessions to be held during Christmas time

The High Qualification Commission of Judges (HQCJ) plans to appoint six members to the Public Council of International Experts (PCIE) by the end of October. The HQCJ is currently holding interviews with the nominees for the PCIE.

The HQCJ announced dates of judicial examinations for candidates to the High Anticorruption Court. They will pass tests on November 12 and do written assignment (compiling judicial decision) on November 14.

It is expected that results of the test will be announced next day, while the ones of the written assignment – in 3-4 weeks (approximately mid-December).

Within the timeline established by the legislation, it is expected that joint sessions of the PCIE and the HQCJ for the purpose of possible disqualification of questionable candidates will be held from mid-December till mid-January (the law gives the PCIE and the HQCJ 30 days after final results of examination are announced to hold these joint sessions and make decisions). Meeting this deadline during holiday season might influence the effectiveness of PCIE work: there will be more days-off and the HQCJ will try to excuse inability to hold due number of joint sessions with vacations and workload with other competitions.

Rada committee preserves appointment of forensics in corruption investigations by courts and state monopoly on their conduction

The Rada law enforcement committee, while preparing draft law No. 8336 for the second reading, preserved the state monopoly to conduct forensics in top corruption cases. The appointment of such forensics will be hold exclusively through the court.

However, MPs removed a provision regarding the creation of the Unified Register of State Forensics. This is a positive decision, as such a register would only create additional opportunities for disclosure of forensics information and exertion of pressure on experts. Still, it is important to mention that Parliament’s rules of procedure allow the amendments which were rejected by the committee to be put to the vote at the plenary. This means there is still a risk that the amendment on the register might be returned. 

The draft law can be put to the vote in the second reading in coming weeks. More details

Poroshenko’s party MPs blocked the initiative to request dismissal of scandalous intelligence official

On October 17 Rada anticorruption committee was supposed to initiate an appeal to the President requesting dismissal of scandalous deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Serhii Semochko, whose family members are reported to be Russian citizens and own real estate worth more than 7 million USD. However, 6 of 7 members of the committee from the Poroshenko’s party failed to attend the hearing.

The only exception was Vadym Kryvokhatko, who, on the contrary, spoke in favor of suspending Semochko.

Leadership of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Foreign Intelligence Service, who participated in the hearing, claimed they saw no reasons for suspending Semochko from office. More details.

In the meantime, bihus.info journalists - who conducted investigation regarding Semochko - celebrated 5th anniversary of their program on October 17 with the other activists near the President's Administration, urging for Poroshenko's as Chief Commander's reaction to the revealed facts.

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Should you have any questions or comments please contact Olena Halushka at: ohalushka@antac.org.ua

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