Ukraine’s Controversial Law Reforms Open To Revision: Justice Minister

www.oann.com | 10/12/2017 | Staff
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said on Thursday he was open to amending law reforms amid concerns they aided corruption and could lead to the end of probes into the shooting of protesters in the run-up up to the 2014 revolution.

The eastern European nation, which is in a dispute with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, passed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code last week that anti-corruption groups say severely limits the time investigators have to solve a crime and present a case in court.

Petrenko - Text - Reforms - Concerns

Petrenko said he had yet to go through the final text of the lengthy reforms, but he said that he was aware of the concerns.

“If there (are) some positions which make problems for the investigations process for old cases or for new cases I will give proposals to the parliament and president to change these positions,” Petrenko told Reuters in an interview in Sydney, where he was attending a legal industry conference.

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The legislation still requires the sign-off from President Petro Poroshenko.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine said in a statement last week the new legislation could force investigators to present a criminal case before court within six months, or up to 12 months with...
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