A source in the Presidential Administration familiar with the matter told Censor.NET.
"The amendment is crude as it was approved without a discussion. But this amendment is being overestimated and dramatized but those who did not pay close attention to the law. In fact, the Presidential Administration has made a conclusion that the law allows to carry out an investigation for up to 18 months even without Lozovyi amendment. Legal certainty is an integral part of the rule of law. It will no longer be possible to endlessly collect evidence. Now the investigation is considered to be launched after a suspect is indicted. But this provides a fertile ground for abuses - bringing no charges against a suspect allows to continue the investigation indefinitely, and thereby to violate rights. At the same time, a "probe" may last for years and is often used as leverage against the suspect. The new code envisages clear deadlines for the investigations. We see no serious obstacle that would prevent the president from signing the law," he said.
Earlier, on Oct. 3, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the procedural code amended under the judicial reform. Rada previously approved amendments to the bill that were simply read out and taken down in shorthand. They include 'Lozovyi amendment' which reportedly sets deadlines for investigation of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from one to six months. It provides for a 2-month deadline for corruption probes after indictment. Chief of Special Investigations Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Serhii Horbatiuk said Oct. 4 that all the currently investigated criminal cases into crimes of the Revolution of Dignity would be closed due to the amendments in the Criminal Procedure Code adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on Oct. 3.