MPs approve "visa-free" bill on special confiscation

15:00, 16 February 2016
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The Verkhovna Rada has adopted in first reading one of the draft laws from the so-called "visa-free" package, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Bill "On Amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine regarding the implementation of the recommendations contained in the sixth report of the European Commission on the implementation by Ukraine of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan, regarding the improvement of procedures of arrest of property and special confiscation institute" (No. 4054), submitted by the President of Ukraine, was supported by 264 out of 358 MPs registered in the session hall.

Read alsoPoroshenko submits to parliament package of "urgent visa-free" billsAccording to Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko, the draft law, if it is adopted, will give the enable "our law enforcement agencies to recover assets from those people who were used by high-ranking corrupt officials as cover-up company officials, offshore companies, and third parties."

However, according to the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legislative Support of Law Enforcement, the bill should be finalized, because "there are many complaints regarding it," and it should be adopted only as a basis.

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