SBU's jurisdiction limited to crimes against national security, terrorism

15:00, 10 November 2015
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted one of the EU-required draft laws from a visa liberalization package, on specification of the jurisdiction of pre-trial investigation, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Bill No. 2542A was supported by 325 out of 378 MPs registered in the session hall.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for legislative support of law enforcement Andriy Kozhemiakin said that the bill is a technical one. In particular, the bill proposes to limit the powers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) concerning the implementation of pre-trial investigation of crimes, down to investigating only the crimes against national security and terrorism.

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The law also applies to crimes committed by officials of the National Anti-Corruption Office, Deputy Prosecutor General – Head of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office or other prosecutors of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office; the crimes against the established order of military service (war crimes), except for the crimes under Article 422 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The Law comes into force from the day of its publication.

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