President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed Law No.1074-IX “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Establishing Liability for Declaring Inaccurate Information and Failure to Submit a Declaration by a Person Authorised to Perform State or Local Self-Government Functions,” the president’s press service reports.

The law restores the responsibility for declaring inaccurate information which was revoked by a decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Relevant amendments are being made to the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code, and the Law of Ukraine “On Prevention of Corruption.”

In turn, the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption stated that the law creates “favourable conditions” for officials who provided false information. After all, it does not envisage imprisonment but only custodial restraint. That is, if the guilt is proven, an official will be put in a correctional facility.

As a reminder, on 27 October, the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code which provides for liability for officials and judges in the form of penalty or imprisonment for knowingly submitting false information in declarations.

Earlier, filing inaccurate declarations by officials provided for the punishment of imprisonment from 5 to 10 years, with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years.

Natalia Tolub

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