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 "Fugitive officials’ henchmen told me they pay $200,000 each," - MP Pashynskyi on reasons behind downvoting of special forfeiture law

People’s Front parliamentary faction MP Serhii Pashynskyi says the fugitive ex-officials of Yanukovych tenure offer bribes to lawmakers for downvoting the bill on special confiscation.

As reported by correspondent for Censor.NET, Serhii Pashynskyi said on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

"The MPs must not accept bribes from Yanukovych to prevent creation of 'corruption-friendly environment.' It's been a year since this issue arose. I see no 'corruption-friendly environment' here. The law stipulates transfer of attached $1.5 billion previously embezzled by Yanukovych, Arbuzov, Zakharchenko to the state budget. Where is corruption here? I am absolutely convinced there is none.

"I have information obtained from the fugitive officials' henchmen who said: "We pay $200,000 to each MP." They meant those lawmakers who would not support the special forfeiture law," Pashynskyi said commenting on the statements of people's deputies about the alleged corruption risks which might be caused by the adoption of the law on special confiscation.

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The MP also contested the opponents' statements that it was possible to confiscate the funds embezzled by Yanukovych and his cronies in different ways: "You may ask the former prosecutor generals, as well as the current one why these funds have not still been seized.

"Every country in the world has got a law on special confiscation to deal with such cases. I recall that Latvia has already confiscated 50 million euros from Arbuzov's accounts using the same law as we had previously submitted (we just copied the Latvian law). We have no other available legal mechanisms except for the special forfeiture law right now," the MP said.

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Asked whether downvoting of this bill will affect the state budget, Pashynskyi said: "The budget will be unbalanced as it will lack sources of revenues."Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n413425