Ukraine: Ukraine court says some anti-corruption laws are unconstitutional

Ukraine’s constitutional court has ruled that some anti-corruption legislation is unconstitutional and said it sees the punishment for putting false information on officials’ asset declaration forms as excessive.

Anti-corruption campaigners said the move was a setback in the fight against graft in the country.

The court declared it illegal to hold officials criminally liable for false information in their asset declarations, and it struck down some of the most essential powers of the key anti-corruption body NAZK.

“The Constitutional Court of Ukraine considers that the establishment of criminal liability for the declaration of knowingly false information … is an excessive punishment for committing these offences,” the court said in a statement on its ruling.

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