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The National Agency for Corruption Prevention has criticized the bill passed by Parliament on Thursday reinstating criminal liability for officials filing false information in annual asset declarations.
Over a number of flaws revealed in legislation, the agency has called on President Volodymyr Zelensky to veto the bill, NACP press service reported.
Bill No. 4651 in question had been initiated by the president to renew criminal punishment for government officials in the form of actual imprisonment for inaccurate declaration filing.
Read also Zelensky tables so-called Oligarchs Bill in parliament The NACP has slammed several amendments people's deputies approved to the bill that would allow officials evading an obligation to report property of family members, even if they are aware of it. These amendments define that the property of family members is declared only if the family member in question has informed the declarant of such property.
"The original goal of the bill was valid and viable. However, instead of providing for imprisonment for lies in declarations, the Verkhovna Rada allowed registration of valuable assets on relatives. So, the NACP is forced to ask the president to veto this law," said NACP chief Oleksandr Novikov.
Having supported another amendment, the MPs thus shunned the president's position to have those deliberating failing to submit an asset declaration face a prison term.
NACP intends to urgently draft and submit to the president proposals to resolve the issue.
Translation: Yevgeny Matyushenko