Ukrainian Politics, Economics

 "Smuggling is protected by incumbent law enforcers," – PM Hroisman

Cabinet approved amendments to the bill restricting raids on businesses dubbed "maski-shou stop"

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman said he received fresh data on the implementation of the law dealing with raids on companies during the last meeting of the relevant commission.

"There are regions where the courts issue all search warrants in line with the maski-shou stop law. That is, the judges carefully examine each case... But in some regions, 20-30 percent [of warrants] are issued in accordance with the procedure, and in all other cases, as previously, the decisions are made by the dozen without going in too much detail," he said.

Hroisman says he is launching particularized analysis which will name those law enforcement officers who put pressure on the business in violation of the law on searches.

"To be sure that society respects the law enforcement system the law enforcers themselves must set an example," the prime minister added.

"All those who provide a crime-sponsored cover to shadow economy, smuggling - they are incumbent law enforcers," he stressed.

Amendments to the law on searches at enterprises were presented by Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko. The key one provides for the personal responsibility of the law enforcement officer who conducted an unauthorized search, prevented the lawyer from being present during a raid, and unlawfully seized paperwork and equipment.

Moreover, the limitations period in investigating criminal cases shall be clarified and the possibility of reopening criminal cases against entrepreneurs under similar charges will be leveled.

Hroisman said he was going to ask the parliament to consider these amendments to the law without delay.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3071223