Ukraine seeking Canada's help to set up high-level corruption court

2017/5/10 11:27:47

Ukrainians 'just don't have trust in the justice system,' the country's deputy Speaker [Oksana Syroyid] says.


By Murray Brewster, CBC News, Last Updated May 09, 2017


Ukraine is looking for Canada's backing as the embattled eastern European country establishes a special court to deal with anti-corruption cases.


Legislation to set up the separate judicial framework is still making its way through the Ukrainian parliament, but the country's deputy Speaker Oksana Syroyid said her government needs other nations to help select independent-minded judges.


Syroyid is in Ottawa for three days of meetings with Canadian officials, where she is pressing the case for judicial reform, but also explaining the growing complexities of the war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.


Faith in the justice system has been sorely tested in two recent cases, one of them involving a powerful ex-lawmaker, Mykola Martynenko, who is accused of widespread corruption.


He was arrested April 21 on a series of charges.


Judiciary modelled on Soviet system


But he was granted bail under a judiciary which is still largely modelled on the old Soviet system and populated with appointees of ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych.


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