Presidential candidate Andriy Sadovyi has supported the justice reform agenda, which was presented by leading public organizations.
During the meeting, Andriy Sadovyi and members of the public – DEJURE foundation director Mykhailo Zhernakov, expert of the Anti-Corruption Centre Anastasiia Krasnoselska, and Automaidan activist Kateryna Butko – agreed that the judicial reform, launched in 2016, was actually an imitation.
“The recent decisions – like the reinstatement of Nasirov and the removal of Uliana Suprun by the same judge is a great example. On the one hand, there was an imitation of active actions; on the other, all dependent judges remained in their offices,” says Andriy Sadovyi.
The activists offered the presidential candidate to support the idea of maximizing the involvement of the public and foreign partners in the renewal of judges.
“We must start with those who cannot explain where they got their property from. And along with the renewal of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption, we must throw out all the rogue judges as wells, all those who have villas and large bank accounts, yet have never worked in business,” noted Andriy Sadovyi.
The candidate has also supported the activists’ suggestion of inviting the jury to solve cases involving crimes against a person – murder, robbery, rape. In his opinion, the independent jury will be able to truly get into the matter of things and will ensure a fair punishment of the criminals.
In addition, the creation of a high-quality system, “which would give us prosecutors, judges, and lawyers who would serve the law and justice, not the state”, was also discussed at the meeting.
“When I become the head of the state, I will certainly never even presume the possibility of exercising pressure on any judge. I will also ask to get rid of all the phones of a special connection between the Presidential Administration and the chairmen of the courts, which are still there in every office of each head of each Ukrainian court. We must do away with them,” concluded Andriy Sadovyi.
Earlier, the politician supported the proposals of the “Anti-Corruption Agenda” and publicly presented his proposals for overcoming the key problems of the state anti-corruption policy.