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 $2 bln stolen by Yanukovych not to be restituted, should law on asset management agency be passed, - MP Chornovol

The bill No. 3025 on special confiscation of property obtained by crime, developed with the lead of MP Tetiana Chornovol, will enable to quickly and without a threat of appeal return the money stolen by Yanukovych and his cronies to Ukraine.

As reported by Censor.NET, Chornovol wrote this in her blog at Ukrainska Pravda.

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"The way [to restitute funds - ed.] offered by the bill is unambiguous, direct, rapid, and European," Chornovol writes. According to her, it would allow the prosecutor general to ask the court for a special forfeiture of already arrested government bonds of Klimenko-Arbuzov worth $1.6 bln (using this scheme, Yanukovych legalized money stolen from Naftohaz). The court will have to decide within 10 days. As Yanukovych is unlikely to prove these assets belong to him and were obtained legally, the court will take a positive decision and the funds will return to the state budget, Chornovol argues.

According to the MP, the first step is restituting $2 bln arrested in Ukraine, the second one - $2 bln arrested abroad.

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Chornovol fears that if the parliament fails to pass the bill, MPs will have to vote an alternative variant - the bill No. 3040 on creation of the asset management agency.

"Unfortunately, this second bill - a cynical, corruption scheme - is allegedly needed to meet a requirement of the EU to introduce the visa-free regime," she said.

The MP claims that under this law, $2 bln arrested in Ukraine will be taken by the agency, instead of being returned to the budget.

"25 percent of this amount will be immediately used for agency's needs: enormous salaries, official cars and apartments," Chornovol says.
 
 
 
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