Vakarchuk gave Poroshenko a letter of public figures with prizyva to create a system of independent courts

Вакарчук передал Порошенко письмо общественных деятелей с призивом создать систему независимых судов

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk

The leader of group “Ocean of Elza” Svyatoslav Vakarchuk on the evening of 13 December, gave the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko letter with a call to create a system of independent anti-corruption courts. The text of the appeal published the “Mirror of week”.

Appeal to the President was signed by the Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine Filaret, Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych, Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), the leader of the group “Okean Elzy” Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the actress Ada Rogovtseva and writer Serhiy Zhadan.

On Tuesday evening, 13 December, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and handed over a letter about the need to create a complete system of independent anti-corruption courts.

“We, the signatories of this letter, insist on the urgency of creating a complete system of independent anti-corruption courts, not only the Highest anti-corruption court, as provided by the Law of Ukraine “On judicial system and status of judges”. These courts to consider corruption cases on the merits, to give consent to investigations at the request of the National anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized anticorruption Prosecutor’s office (SAP)”, – stated in the text of the letter.

Public figures have noted that any reforms not accompanied by the systemic fight against corruption is doomed to failure.

Вакарчук передал Порошенко письмо общественных деятелей с призивом создать систему независимых судов

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The appeal of public figures to Poroshenko on the establishment of independent courts
Вакарчук передал Порошенко письмо общественных деятелей с призивом создать систему независимых судов

Вакарчук передал Порошенко письмо общественных деятелей с призивом создать систему независимых судов

Photo: zn.ua

The appeal of public figures to Poroshenko on the establishment of independent courts
Вакарчук передал Порошенко письмо общественных деятелей с призивом создать систему независимых судов

“The final results of the anti-corruption campaign in Ukraine depends on is still not reformed the courts and judges, the solution of which is too often biased. The purification and renewal of the judiciary is hampered primarily because of the lack of will of political elites. The effectiveness of the National anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized anticorruption Prosecutor’s office (ARS) under these conditions will be nullified” – indicates public figures.

“Autonomy of the future system independent anti-corruption courts should be clearly defined and enshrined in law, their full funding is secured by article of the state budget. The state should guarantee special protection and reliable protection anti-corruption judges and their families,” reads the letter.

According to the signatories, the appearance of these vessels will complete the formation of an effective system of anti-corruption bodies; deliver high-level corruption from the possibility to influence justice; serve as the instrument of inevitable punishment for corruption crimes, as well as create the prospect of restoring confidence in the courts and judges.

“We urge You immediately to begin the process of creating a proper system of specialized anti-corruption courts. We offer you to create a special tender Commission for selection of candidates for anti-corruption judges on the model of the Commission on carrying out competition on replacement of posts of the Director of NABU. We consider it necessary that in the composition of the tender Commission were included foreign professionals with an excellent international reputation,” added the letter.

“The impressive difference between official income and actual income of civil servants and parliamentarians, discovered at the time of submission of e-declarations, as well as numerous corruption scandals confirmed the urgent need for the immediate formation of an independent anti-corruption court. Procrastination, manipulation, talk about the “impertinence” of such a step, attempts to distort or reverse the logic and content of the process of establishing anti-corruption courts, the exercise of any pressure on the members of the ad hoc competition Committee or candidates’s anti-corruption judges will inevitably be perceived by society as a direct connivance of corrupt officials. Time to show the will”, – emphasized in the appeal to the President.

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