20 Oct 2017 18:12

Poroshenko demands bill on Ukrainian anti-corruption court be drawn up as soon as possible

KYIV. Oct 20 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has insisted that a bill on an anti-corruption court be drafted as soon as possible and expects to sign it into law by the end of the year.

"Now I insist and state that work on drawing up a new bill [on an anti-corruption court] taking into consideration all of the Venice Commission's recommendations should be begun started immediately, involving members of all parliamentary factions," Poroshenko said while visiting the 10th Mobile Border Regiment of the State Border Service in Bortnychi, Kyiv, on Friday.

Poroshenko offered to delegate his representative to this working group "so that a commission could submit an agreed bill within one, two or three weeks."

He said he expected the Verkhovna Rada to pass a bill on an anti-corruption court so that he could sign it into law before the end of 2017.

The establishment of an anti-corruption court in Ukraine is among the demands put forward by protesters who began a campaign for major political reform in Kyiv on October 17.