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Civil Society and the Members of Parliament Presented Candidates to the Selection Commission on Anti-Corruption Prosecutor

Today the Vice Speaker Andriy Parubiy, the  Head of Anti-corruption Committee,  Yegor Sobolev, and civil activists presented a list of 10 people they offer to the Parliament as candidates to the Selection  Commission on Anti-Corruption Prosecutor.

Members of Parliament at their discretion will select 7 of the 10 suggested persons as the law provides for the delegation of 7 people from the Verkhovna Rada and 4 from the General Prosecutor to the Selection Commission on Anti-corruption prosecutor.

The list suggested by the civil society is well-balanced and includes experienced lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders. For example, among suggested candidates there are well-known international fighters against corruption:Giovanni Kessler, the Director General of European Anti-Fraud Office, and Mary Butler, Deputy Chief of International Unit Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering Section of U.S. Department of Justice.

The list also includes Ukrainian investigative journalists, particularly Oleksa Shalayskyi, cofounder  of  the portal investigative of journalism “Nashi Groshi”, and Dmytro Gnap, one of the founders of the Hromadske TV-station and investigative journalism project Slidstvo.Info, both well-known for their loud anti-corruption investigations.

Also they suggest to include to the Commission well-known public figures and scientists with international recognitionViktor Musiyaka and Volodymyr Halahan, a fighter against corruption, Vitaly Shabunin, and main lustrator of the country,Tetiana Kozachenko, human rights defender, Oleksandra Matviychuk ,and business ombudsman, Taras Kachka.

“We will suggest Verkhovna Rada to select the candidates to the Selection Commission on Anti-corruption prosecutor next week – says Andriy Parubiy, Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada. – Today, you cannot delay even for a day the selection of person, without whom the Anti-Corruption Bureau will not work in full force. Selection of such a person should be delegated to an impartial Commission with zero tolerance to corruption.”

It should be noted that the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office is created for procedural supervision of Anti-Corruption Bureau’s investigations. This institution of specialized prosecutors, which is new for Ukrainian law enforcement system, should start working by the end of September this year.

“It is vey important that the Verkhovna Rada votes and selects all the seven candidates to the Commission. If it suggest less, there is a strong likelihood that the new anti-corruption prosecutor would be a person from the President’s vertical, because the Commission can be fully functional if it is composed of 4 person personally delegated by the General Prosecutor – says Yegor Sobolev, the Head of Anti-corruption Committee, – The candidates, suggested by the activists, are not politicians and they are well aware of specifics of the prosecutor’s work, so they will ensure a fair competition and selection of independent candidate as independent Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. “

It should be noted that the Procecutor General  has already appointed his representatives to the Commission and entrustedYuri Sevruk, his Deputy,  Yuriy Gryshchenko, the Head of the Central Investigation Department,  Roman Balyta, the Deputy Head of the Department on Supervision in Criminal Proceedings, and Mykola Sadovyi, the Deputy Head of Human Resource Department, with selection of the main ati-corruption prosecutor.

“It is significant that the Prosecutor General has not seen his candidates in the reformist department of David Sakvarelidze. “The Shokin’s Commission ” is a bunch of people from the old system, who are interested in its preservation, – says Vitaly Shabunin, the Chairman of the Anti-corruption Action Centre. – For example, Yuriy Gryshchenko, is a former chief of one of the so-called “diamond corrupted prosecutors”, Shapakin. Therefore, anti-corruption organizations suggest Verkhovna Rada to delegate to the Selection Commission people that just cannot be bought. Their reputation, professional experience and impartiality will ensure the public confidence in the future of anti-corruption prosecutor “.

The list of 10 candidates is supported by the anti-corruption activists the Reanimation Package of Reforms initiative, Transparency International Ukraine, the Center for Political Studies and Analysis and civic movement CHESNO .

The selection of the head of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in September 2015 is one of the essential conditions for granting Ukraine the third tranche from the International Monetary Fund.

Mary Butler

Deputy Chief of International Unit Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering Section of U.S. Department of Justice. She has more than 20 years of attorney experience in the U.S. She has investigated and prosecuted cases of grand corruption and money laundering. Internationally recognized expert in the field of asset forfeiture, money laundering, asset recovery and international cooperation in criminal matters.

Giovanni Kessler

Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office. He served as Public Prosecutor in the criminal courts of Trento, Bolzano and at the Anti-Mafia Department in Sicily from 1986 until 1998. Then he served as member of Italian Parliament where he pushed the anti-mafia reform. His specialization is fight with organised crime, corruption and financial crimes.

Viktor Musiyaka

Scientist and lawmaker with international name, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine. He is well-known political and public figure, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, professor and one of the authors of the Constitution of Ukraine. He was a people’s deputy of Ukraine for two terms, where he worked on legislative support of political reform, parliamentary reform and the organization of parliamentary control. He is the author and co-author of more than 30 draft laws.

Volodymyr Halahan

One of the creators of criminal process in Ukraine. Volodymyr Halahan is PhD in law, professor of Department of Applied Legal Studies, Law Faculty of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications, aimed at improving of the criminal process, particularly the issues of investigation, expert research and evidence.

Oleksa Shalayskyi

Exposer of corruption in tenders. He  is co-founder of investigative journalism portal “Nashi groshi”. He is expert in the area of journalistic investigations of political corruption, media communication and control of the use of public finances. He has enormous journalistic experience with leading Ukrainian media. He is the author of a series of high-profile investigative journalistic reports.

Dmytro Gnap

Investigative journalist of He worked as a correspondent, editor and news presenter with leading Ukrainian TV channels. He specializes in investigative journalism, he knows the names of all high-ranked corrupted officials of the country. He is one of the founders of the Hromadske TV-channel and investigative journalism project Slidstvo.Info.

Vitaliy Shabunin

Civic anti-corruption advocate in the Parliament. He is the Chairman of the Anti-corruption Action Centre. He is one of the lobbyists of the key anti-corruption legislations of Ukraine. He fights with tender mafia in the pharmaceutical industry. He professes the principle of inevitability of punishment for corrupt officials. He is member of the Council of Public Control of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. He is an expert of anti-corruption group in Reanimation Package of Reforms initiative.

Taras Kachka

Fiscal business ombudsman. He is expert in international law, one of the co-authors of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, one of the key experts in European integration in Ukraine. In his own eyes he has seen the results of efficient law enforcement system in all countries of the European Union. He has extensive experience of the work both in the governmental and private sector. Until recently he has been engaged in strategic development of the American Chamber of Commerce, which is the voice of international business in Ukraine.

Tetiana Kozachenko

Main lustrator of the country. She is the Director of Department of  Lustration of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. Before that she was successful attorney with an impeccable reputation, she was defending the business from the assaults of corrupt system. She knows in practice that law enforcement agencies do not work and what to do to put a governmental system on the side of the citizen. She knows every official subject to lustration.

Oleksandra Matviychuk

Human rights defender by vocation. She is th head of the Center for Civil Liberties, a member of the Advisory Council under the Parliament’s Commissioner of Human Rights. She is co-author of legislation on civil liberties as well as annual report on monitoring political persecution of civil society in Ukraine. She coordinates civic initiative Euromaidan SOS, which was created after the violent dispersal of peaceful demonstrations on Independence Square on 30 November 2013.

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