Ukrainian authorities must publish anti-corruption case proceedings and stop harassing civil society

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Transparency International, the anti-corruption movement, is calling on the Ukrainian parliament to push for the publication of the court process that led to the confiscation of US$1.5 billion in stolen assets in order to ensure it cannot be challenged and the ruling over-turned.

At the same time, Transparency International is concerned that its national chapter in Ukraine is being put under pressure because it is insisting on due process in this case.

The confiscation of US$1.5 billion is an unprecedented outcome for a corruption case in Ukraine. However, there are questions as to the legitimacy of the confiscation process. It could be appealed by those whose assets were seized if due process was not followed and there is a requirement, under Ukrainian law, that the court verdict is published.

In order to ensure that the decision stands, Transparency International Ukraine wrote an open letter to lawmakers on 21 June 2017  asking them to investigate any possible violations on the part of Prosecutor General’s Office while confiscating the US$1.5 billion dollars, the amount that Prosecutor General’s office said had been seized. It is part of the monies siphoned off during the regime of the former president Viktor Yanukovych.

“This is an important case and it must be conducted properly and transparently. We congratulate Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko for confiscating these assets, however, not publishing the court verdict raises serious concerns about professionalism and transparency of the Prosecutor General’s Office. Those who stole the assets must not be able to contest the decision on technical and legal grounds. The authorities need to focus on this and not on trying to damage the reputation of Transparency International Ukraine, which along with other civil society organisations, is trying to help the people of Ukraine get back what is theirs,” said José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International.

“We want there to be an open and shut case on the issue of the stolen assets and we do not want to face harassment simply for insisting on this,” said Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine.

Civil society is an ally of governments in the fight against corruption. Most of the progress so far achieved by Ukraine on the anti-corruption front was possible thanks to the enormous efforts of civil society. Transparency International chapters adhere to high standards of ethics and rules of conduct. This is true for Transparency International Ukraine which has worked hard, alongside the authorities, to help strengthen anti-corruption initiatives in the country, and will continue to do so.  


For any press enquiries please contact

Natalie Baharav
T: +49 30 34 38 20 666
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Latest

Support Transparency International

Anti-Corruption Award 2018 - Nominations Open!

Our Anti-Corruption Award recognises the courage and determination of the many individuals and organisations fighting corruption around the world.

Nominate an anti-corruption hero today! 

After Gürtel, what next for Spain’s struggle with political corruption?

At the start of June, the Spanish parliament voted to oust Prime Minister Rajoy after his political party was embroiled in the biggest corruption scandal in Spain’s democratic history. At this critical juncture in Spain’s struggle with political corruption, Transparency International urges all parties to join forces against impunity and support anti-corruption efforts in public life.

Risk of impunity increases with outcome of Portuguese-Angolan corruption trial

A verdict last week by the Lisbon Court of Appeals in the trial of former Angolan vice president Manuel Vicente has disappointed hopes for a triumph of legal due process over politics and impunity. It also has worrying implications for the independence of Portugal’s judiciary.

The UK just made it harder for the corrupt to hide their wealth offshore

If counted together, the United Kingdom and its Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies would rank worst in the world for financial secrecy. Fortunately, this could soon change.

The new IMF anti-corruption framework: 3 things we’ll be looking for a year from now

Last Sunday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) unveiled its long-awaited framework for “enhanced” engagement with countries on corruption and governance issues. Here are three aspects we at Transparency International will be looking at closely in coming months as the new policy is rolled out.

While the G20 drags its feet, the corrupt continue to benefit from anonymous company ownership

The corrupt don’t like paper trails, they like secrecy. What better way to hide corrupt activity than with a secret company or trust as a front? You can anonymously open bank accounts, make transfers and launder dirty money. If the company is not registered in your name, it can't always be traced back to you.

Urging leaders to act against corruption in the Americas

The hot topic at the 2018 Summit of the Americas is how governments can combat corruption at the highest levels across North and South America.

The impact of land corruption on women: insights from Africa

As part of International Women’s Day, Transparency International is launching the Women, Land and Corruption resource book. This is a collection of unique articles and research findings that describe and analyse the prevalence of land corruption in Africa – and its disproportionate effect on women – presented together with innovative responses from organisations across the continent.

Social Media

Follow us on Social Media