Kholodnytskyi: Anti-corruption court not likely to become operational by end of year

Chief of Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytskyi says it is impossible to make the anti-corruption court operational immediately after the adoption of the corresponding bill.

"I'm not sure that it (the Anti-Corruption Court – Ed.) will start working by the end of the year. Moreover, I’m pretty sure that it will not. ... I’d like the anti-corruption court to become operational as soon as this year, but it’s clear for me that it will be extremely hard to achieve. I certainly hope I am wrong," he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Censor.NET reports.

Kholodnytskyi also noted that the anti-corruption court cannot be created immediately after the adoption of the corresponding bill.

"There is a difference between adoption of the law and creation of the court. It is not a question of giving judges robes and ordering them to start working. They must be top lawyers ready for challenges, threats. ... Let’s also not forget about the office. It was far easier for the Supreme Court as their members just moved into the office of their predecessors and started working. The State Bureau of Investigation also lacks offices. I am not sure whether they will be able to start working by May or even September. I doubt that some agency is willing to provide the anti-corruption court with renovated office having appropriate working conditions for the stuff," he said.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3053923