AntAC Sues Security Service of Ukraine for E-declarations
On May 10, 2017 there was conducted first court hearing in the administrative lawsuit of AntAC against Security Service of Ukraine, which in direct violation of the law failed to submit publicly asset declarations.
AntAC demands management of the Security Service of Ukraine to follow the requirements of the corruption prevention law and to submit their asset declarations at the united public portal of e-declarations.
Security Service is the only agency in Ukraine, which created a parallel system of asset disclosures of its staff, including top management. The agency decided that this information should be protected by state secrecy laws, as its publication possess threat to the national security of Ukraine.
While AntAC agrees with the need to protect information on asset declarations of undercover and intelligence agents, the NGO questions why assets of senior officials of the agency should be a state secrecy.
Representative of the Security Service at court was not able to explain the reasoning behind such a secrecy and was not even able to give the name of the responsible person within the agency, which issued a decision to run a parallel asset disclosure system.
The court will continue considering the case, but there will be no more public hearings. It is important to note that managers of the agency were already submitting public paper-based asset declarations for the year of 2015 and this information was not considered a state secrecy before establishment of e-declarations system.