Ukrainian Politics, Economics

 Rada again fails to include bill on special forfeiture in agenda

The Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine failed to include in the session’s agenda the bill No. 5577 introducing possibility to recover unproven assets of citizens suspected of committing crimes before the verdict.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to Ukrainski Novyny, only 164 MPs out of the required 226 supported the corresponding decision.

The bill stipulates possibility to confiscate unproven assets to the state revenue before the end of criminal investigation under a court decision after consideration of a legal claim filed by the prosecutor general or his deputy.

Special forfeiture may be applied to funds, securities, payment instruments, bullions and gems, if their value exceeds the 1,000 minimum wages (1,600,000 hryvnia or about $57,000).

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It is proposed to recognize forfeiture of unproven assets other than a legal measure and apply it regardless of the owner's immunity or any other features of the person's legal status stipulated by the law.

In this case, the defendant, not the prosecutor is the one to prove the legal origin of the assets.

The Courts of Appeal are proposed to consider such cases no longer than within three months.

The decision of the Court of Appeal may be challenged in the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n423698