20.10.16 12:30

Rada again failed to include bill on special confiscation on its agenda

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine once again failed to include on its agenda the draft law No. 5142 on amendments to certain Ukrainian legal acts ensuring recovery of unjustified assets to the state.

Only 199 people's deputies endorsed this decision, parliamentary correspondent for Censor.NET reports.

As previously, not a single member of the Opposition Bloc voted for this bill. Batkivshchyna faction also unanimously downvoted the inclusion of the bill on the agenda.

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Before the vote, Speaker of the Parliament Andrii Parubii urged the MPs to support this bill since the funding of the country's defense sector depended on it. "A bad start of the day," he said after the parliament had voted down the legislation.

Earlier, the MPs tried to include the government's bill on special confiscation on the plenary session's agenda for the next week at the request of the People's Front faction on Sept. 22. However, this initiative was not supported due to insufficient number of votes. The same applied to two attempts to include the bill on the agenda made later that evening.

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a bill on special confiscation at a meeting on Sept. 14 and subsequently submitted it to the parliament. According to Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko, the law on civil forfeiture will allow returning $1.5 billion misappropriated by ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
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