The draft bill No. 3025 "On special procedure of property confiscation" was registered in the Parliament of Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing parliamentary website.
The bill has been drafted by MPs Tetiana Chornovol (People's Front party) and Oleh Barna (Petro Poroshenko Bloc). It has been passed for consideration to a relevant committee of the parliament, the bill's status on the website reads.
According to the document's explanatory note, it has been written in order to secure the state's claim to assets of Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies.
Authors of the bill note that the facts that former Yanukovych officials had been embezzling state property in large amounts, had enough resources to cover their activities, have moved out billions of dollars out of Ukraine, and are now able to hide in the neighboring aggressor state of Russia make it impossible to confiscate assets received illegally by the above mentioned persons.
"Thus, adoption of a legal framework for application of a special mode of confiscation, carried out regardless of establishing a person's guilt, is required," the authors of the draft explained.
They also state that similar practice is widespread in Western countries, and its implementation in required within ratification of the UN anti-corruption convention into Ukrainian legislation.
A petition to apply special confiscation mode can be filed by Prosecutor General upon a request by NSDC secretary, interior minister, justice minister, SBU head, or deputy Prosecutor General. A court is obliged to make a decision within 10 days after the petition is filed, and to arrest the property of persons in question no later than one day after the petition is filed.
The law also provides a list of persons covered by the special property confiscation mode. It includes former president Viktor Yanukovych, former acting PM Serhii Arbuzov, former PM Mykola Azarov and son Oleksii Azarov, former Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova, formed Presidential Administration Head Andrii Kliuiev, former Justice Minister Olena Lukash, former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and son, former MP Artem Pshonka, former Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk, former MP Oleh Tsariov, Kharkiv mayor Hennadii Kernes, and several other former Yanukovych-era officials.