Ukrainian President of Volodymyr Zelensky has signed into law bill No. 2116 to amend the law of Ukraine on the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to streamline its work.
The document was signed by the president on December 24, according to the parliament's website.
SBI Director Roman Truba commented on the law via his Telegram channel: "Amendments to the law on the SBI have been signed. Upon their entry into force, the director and his deputies shall terminate their powers early. Of course, this is a political, rather than a legal norm. Nevertheless, I am convinced: we've done what no one would've done, that is, we launched a new law enforcement agency without any support, within less than a year."
As UNIAN reported, the Verkhovna Rada on December 3 passed a bill on amendments to certain laws of Ukraine to streamline the work of the State Bureau of Investigation (No. 2116). Under the draft law, incumbent SBI director Roman Truba and his deputies will be dismissed, and new senior officials of the Bureau will be selected on a competitive basis by a commission consisting of three representatives of the parliament, the president, and the government each. The Cabinet's quota will be delegated by international organizations.
The final and transitional provisions of the bill stipulate that in order to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of pretrial investigations into the Maidan cases, investigators of prosecution bodies, prosecutors can be transferred to the SBI by their consent, without a mandatory competition, but no later than January 11, 2020.