Issued by Transparency International Secretariat
On 26 February 2019, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine struck down Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code – the provision on illicit enrichment. This decision greatly weakens the country’s anti-corruption efforts, undermines up to 65 open investigations and has a direct impact on four cases against high-ranking officials that were already before the courts. Transparency International, together with its Ukrainian chapter, believes that the Constitutional Court’s decision violates Ukraine’s international commitments, and calls for the Ukrainian government to immediately take all necessary steps to rectify the situation.
“The Court’s resolution basically provides state officials with a way to legalise their possibly ill-gained assets and have no fear of criminal prosecution,” said Andrii Borovyk, Executive Director of TI Ukraine. “Moreover, the electronic declarations of public officials’ assets that have been successfully introduced as part of anti-corruption reforms will now lose their purpose due to the lack of