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Poroshenko hopes Rada will support judicial reform

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that he is hopeful that a consensus will be found today and the Verkhovna Rada will approve constitutional amendments regarding judicial reform in the first reading at the present session in order to adopt them at the next session, according to the presidential administration. 

Poroshenko says the country cannot wait for judicial reform any longer / Photo from UNIAN
Poroshenko says the country cannot wait for judicial reform any longer / Photo from UNIAN

"Today is the final discussion. Following the debates, I am going to table the concerted draft law in parliament by the end of the week," he said while opening the debates about the constitutional amendments regarding judicial reform at the 14th session of the National Council of Reforms.

"The country cannot wait for the judicial reform any longer," he added.

Poroshenko quoted Article 6 "Right to a Fair Trial" of the European Convention on Human Rights: "Everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law."

"It is our roadmap. We have to build such a fair trial as a result of judicial reform," the president stressed.

The president emphasized that judicial reform was the most anticipated in society. "It is a guarantee of investment coming to the country, a guarantee of an efficient struggle against corruption for those who have been caught on corruption to be not only detained, but also convicted. Generally, it is a guarantee of justice. Today, we must ensure it. We've already understood the value of freedom, now we are starting to understand the value of justice," he added.

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