Delegation of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine headed by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko held a working visit to London
On May 2-4, the delegation of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine headed by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko held the working visit to London (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) for the meetings with representatives of British competent authorities and participation in events focused on counteracting corruption in Ukraine.
On May 2, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko took part in a round table at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on "Combating Corruption in Ukraine: Does the System of Justice Meet the Challenge".
During the discussion, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine brought the British party's attention to significant progress in the fight against corruption in Ukraine, noting that despite all criticism and skepticism against the prosecutor's office, the latter demonstrated the effectiveness and essential improvement of the working results in this direction.
"The widespread slogan regarding the lack of results in the field of combating corruption in Ukraine is not true and does not reflect the real situation in the country", - said Mr. Lutsenko.
At the same time, the parties discussed further steps need to be taken to eliminate the loophole of corruption, in particular at the customs, in relation to natural monopolies and state-owned companies. Separately, the Prosecutor General focused on the creation and the commencement of the Anti-Corruption court. "The Anti-Corruption court should start its work in early 2019," – emphasized the Head of the Office.
Along with this, the delegation of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine met with the Head and members of the "Friendship Group with Ukraine" in the Parliament of Great Britain, during which the main directions of prosecutor's office reforming, the agency success in recovery illegally obtained assets and the fight against cybercrime were discussed.
On May 3, there were discussed the issue of combating high-ranking crime and international cooperation in this field during the meeting with the heads of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) with the Ukrainian delegation.
The same day there was a meeting at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) during which the Ukrainian and British parties exchanged experience in conducting investigations concerning transnational organized criminality with an international element (primarily in countering cybercrime, human trafficking and money laundering).
"At a time when the perpetrators have forgotten long ago the borders of the states, the effective use of international legal mechanisms, as well as legislative novelties, aimed at preventing the legalization of suspicious assets, is extremely important," – emphasized Mr. Lutsenko.
On May 4, the delegation of the Office met with colleagues from the UK Central Authority for international co-operation (UKCA) regarding actual issues of legal assistance during criminal proceedings and extradition, which resulted in reconciliation on further steps to strengthen bilateral cooperation and enhancement the effectiveness of cooperation within the existing international instruments.
Also, during the visit, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko interviewed by Reuters and the BBC on the situation in combating corruption and reforming the criminal justice system in Ukraine.
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