Threats to Forensics in Investigations of Grand Corruption Cases
On September 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law No. 8336 in the first reading. The Committee on law enforcement chaired by Andriy Kozhemiakin intends to consider it for the second reading on Wednesday October 17.
The draft law allegedly aims at eliminating obstacles for the criminal investigations, created in October 2017 by the so-called “Lozovyi’s amendment”. However, it creates even more serious problems for investigation of grand corruption.
Thus, the draft law suggests to abolish mandatory appointment through the court of all forensics, except for economic and those appointed for the needs of investigation of top-corruption cases.
Moreover, information about all forensics is suggested to be collected in one state registry. As wide number of people will have access to the registry, which would allow subjects of corruption investigations to receive information about details of investigation and forensics regarding their cases, as well as names of experts for exerting pressure. Loyalty of experts should additionally be guaranteed by the consolidation of monopoly at state institutions for all forensics in criminal proceedings and “finger-tip” qualification commissions within such state expert institutions.
Preservation of judicial control of forensics for cases of top-level corruption and creation of a single register of forensics are unacceptable.
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