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 Millions of cash "poured in parliament" block adoption of special forfeiture law, - Turchynov

The law on special forfeiture has so far failed to be passed for two reasons.

Censor.NET reports quoting the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov as saying in an interview with LB.ua.

"The law is not adopted for two reasons," the official observed.

"First, many lawmakers try this law on themselves. They refuse to accept guarantees that it will apply only to the past. They believe the time will come when someone will knock on the door and say: 'Dear, remember, you were involved in illicit schemes, now share you cash.' Second, it's about banal corruption. We are talking about seizing $1.5 billion, and millions of cash have been poured in the parliament to block the adoption of this decision," he explained.

According to him, there are groups of deputies, who receive money from representatives of the previous government for hampering the law.

"This is the main reason. Because when I hear that the money will be used ineffectively, that this move restricts democracy and other arguments of the kind, I see them as an absurd pretext for not voting," Turchynov remarked.

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"I have discussed the issue with almost all the leaders of political forces in the parliament, urged them. Many agreed, but when the time came, went back on their words. Unfortunately, my arguments and those of the prime minister fail to outweigh the individual interests of certain groups of deputies," he said.

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Earlier, People's Front MP Mykola Kniazhytskyi said his faction would not vote for the state budget-2017 until the special forfeiture law was passed.
 
 
 
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