The court decided not to hold more meetings on the suit of anti-corruption in the Security Service
The Kiev District Administrative Court decided to proceed to a written case on the suit of anti-corruption activists from the “Center for Combating Corruption” in the Security Service of Ukraine for classifying information about the declaration of the employees of this department.
As the correspondent of Radio Liberty reports, at a meeting on May 10 the court decided not to hold more public meetings on this case. When the court plans to take a decision on the case – is still unknown.
“Legally, there is not a single argument that the court makes a decision in their favor. So they went the other way. They are trying through the NSDC to conduct a separate procedure to hide both the operatives and all the others, “said Vitaly Shabunin, chairman of the board of the Center for Combating Corruption, in a commentary on Radio Liberty before the trial.
Representatives of the SBU and the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, who act as defendants in the case, refrained from commenting.
On March 6, the NGO “Anti-Corruption Center” reported that it sued the Security Service of Ukraine for classifying information about the declaration of the employees of this department. “Recognition of information about the declaration of state secrets by the SBU leadership, filing of declarations not before Nazka, but in its own closed system of unknown origin, access to which is only available in the service, activists consider illegal,” the organization said. The first hearing of the case took place on the same day.
Also, activists demand to recognize illegal the inaction of the leadership of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, “which should develop procedures for submitting declarations for” secret civil servants “. However, according to activists, no such order was developed, and access to state secrets in Nazka has not yet been received – which, according to anticorruption officers, is the only way to check “top secret declarations”, which by law should be done in the National Agency.
At the preparatory hearing on March 6, the lawyer of the Center for Counteracting Corruption, Elena Scherban, petitioned for the dismissal of Judge Ruslan Arsiria, since he was a candidate to join the Supreme Council of Justice. The reliability of his property declaration at that time was checked by Nazka, who, together with the SBU, was acting as defendant in the case. SBU at that time was engaged in verification of access of Arsiria to state secrets. This, according to anti-corruption, could lead to a conflict of interest. In connection with the petition, the court retired to a break.
Ruslan Arsirov did not reach the Supreme Council of Justice. Therefore, the petition for his challenge was rejected.
The system of electronic declaration of high status is one of the requirements of the law “On the Prevention of Corruption”. The first stage of submission of electronic declarations was completed at the end of October 2016. But the SBU then said that all the employees of the department filed electronic declarations on time, but “the intelligence officers’ data can not be available to the general public.”
In December 2016, the journalists of the Schemes program, a joint project of Radio Liberty and the TV channel “UA: First”, reported that the Security Service had classified their employees’ declarations and even Nazka had no access to them.
Information taken from: https://www.radiosvoboda.org/a/news/28478920.html