President Petro Poroshenko announced via Twitter that he signed the Anti-Corruption Court Law, which was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, on June 7.
“Today, on this historic day—the anniversary of the visa-free regime—I sign the law ‘Law on the High Anti-Corruption Court’,” Poroshenko wrote. “It’s a key milestone of completion of creating an independent anti-corruption infrastructure in our country!”
Establishment of the anti-corruption court is a key requirement of the western creditors. The anti-corruption court was blocked for long time, and authorities offered to establish a chamber in the existing system rather than a separate court. In autumn 2017, the rhetoric of authorities changed. In December, President Poroshenko introduced the court law in the Verkhovna Rada.
Currently, the cases that are investigated now by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) are considered by the Solomensky District Court of Kyiv. NABU has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the decisions of this court and demanded the creation of a High Anti-Corruption Court. All NABU and SAP cases would be submitted to the new anti-corruption court, whose decisions could only be appealed by the Supreme Court.