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How to assign the right person for Prosecutor General-2, Olena Sotnyk

Hardly has everybody stopped talking about the yesterday’s bill on “How to assign the right person for Prosecutor General”, a draft law “How to assign the right person for Prosecutor General-2” (number 4645) has been registered in the Verkhovna Rada.

Summary:

Prosecutor General needs no law degree. An archaeologist may as well become Prosecutor General, let alone Mr. Lutsenko.

All heads and deputy heads of departments, local and regional prosecutors are appointed by Mr. Lutsenko personally till the end of powers of Mr. Lutsenko.

The State Bureau of Investigations may investigate cases against prosecutors only with the permission of Mr. Lutsenko. The State Bureau of Investigations will not investigate those cases which are currently in the prosecutor’s office which Mr. Lutsenko intends to head. All high-profile cases – from Maidan to the annexation of the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk occupation, military defeats and corruption scandals – will remain under the watchful eye of Mr. Lutsenko for another 2 years.

And finally, in order to make Mr. Lutsenko’s work easier, it is suggested that courts could consider the majority of criminal cases and impose sentences in absentia. This is not to let Mr. Lutsenko get overtired.

“If tomorrow this bill is “pushed through” in the parliament, this will be a requiem for the reform of the prosecutor’s office, as well as judicial reform, which is impossible without the reform of the prosecutor’s office. And without a fair trial there will be nothing – no investments, no growth, no fighting corruption,” predicts Olena Sotnyk.

Olena Sotnyk
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