Report on “widespread corruption” in the Supreme Court – DW – 05/16/2023

UkraineThe National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) reported alleged corruption in the country’s Supreme Court on their social media accounts late Monday.

“NABU and SAP have exposed widespread corruption in the Supreme Court, in particular a scheme to obtain undue benefits by the leadership and judges of the Supreme Court,” the anti-corruption watchdogs said on Facebook.

It was not clear from the statement who allegedly bribed whom and why. NABU and SAP also posted a picture of bundles of banknotes on a couch, saying they would release details later.

Vsevolod Knyazev, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, has been arrested on charges of paying millions of dollars in bribesPhoto: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/picture alliance

The presiding judge was reportedly arrested

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court announced an extraordinary meeting. “In connection with the events surrounding the President of the Supreme Court Vsevolod Knyazev, an extraordinary meeting of the plenum of the Supreme Court will be held on May 16, 2023,” the court said on Facebook.

Ukrainian media reported that Knyazev was caught taking $3 million (€2.76 million) in bribes, and that other judges of the highest judicial body were attacked.

Knyazev was installed as Chief Justice in October 2021.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky And he has repeatedly promised more determination Fighting the culture of bribery This is widespread in the country.

Zelensky’s main goal is to show that Ukraine is ready to negotiate EU membership.

German news agency dpa contributed to this report.

Edited by: Farah Bahjat

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