The High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine has overturned its first-ever conviction of an official for graft after the country’s Constitutional Court struck down key pillars of Ukraine’s anti-corruption legislation.
The decision to throw the conviction out represents a major blow to Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts.
on Oct. 28, the Constitutional Court ruled that Ukraine’s asset declaration system for government officials was unconstitutional. It also cancelled the penalty for officials who lie in their declarations.
The court’s ruling stripped the National Agency for Preventing Corruption of its main powers for verifying declarations to flag possible illegal activity for investigation. However, the government ordered the agency to temporarily ignore the ruling and maintain its open database of asset declarations.
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