President of Ukraine

President: An anti-corruption court should be formed on a competitive basis under the close supervision of the Ukrainian public

4 October 2017 - 15:42

President: An anti-corruption court should be formed on a competitive basis under the close supervision of the Ukrainian public

“An anti-corruption court should be formed on a competitive basis under the close supervision of the Ukrainian public. However, I believe that it is impossible for this court to turn into a political inquisition, as someone dreams. It is out of discussion," President Petro Poroshenko said during a meeting with the staff of Taras Shevchenko National University "Chernihiv Collegium".

Petro Poroshenko stressed that this court should be an effective anti-corruption institution guided by the rule of law and the principles of national sovereignty. "Ukrainians themselves are capable of forming a judicial system, including anti-corruption court," the President said.

He expressed confidence that Ukraine is able to demonstrate this in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution and the Council of Europe standards.

The President noted that competitions were held on the formation of NABU, the appointment of a Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court. All these processes were accompanied by criticism, but despite this, the work is continued.

According to him, "the changes of the Supreme Court, of course, need time, and time works against us". "People have the right to demand justice from us right now, without waiting for the creation of this or that wonderful institution every year," he said.

"Therefore, along with the launch of the law-making process and the creation of an anti-corruption court, I will offer several quick solutions to accelerate the fight against corruption. I think that in the near future we can create a specialized anti-corruption chamber in the new Supreme Court, which will be the cassation instance in all anti-corruption cases," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

The President also called for acceleration of the renewal on a competitive basis of the courts in Kyiv. "As the capital has the lion's share of anti-corruption cases that require immediate consideration. Objective, fair, impartial, but immediate," he added.

At the same time, Petro Poroshenko stressed that it would not substitute the creation of an anti-corruption court. "This is an addition, so that we do not waste time within a single anti-corruption strategy. Because everyone needs a fair trial," the President said.

He stressed that judicial reform is the right of the people to the truth, the right of the investor to an objective, independent review of his affairs. "Only in the presence of a fair court, we will build a successful country for successful people where every person can defend himself in a fair, impartial and objective court," the Head of State emphasized.