$1.5 billion pertaining to the Yanukovych’s
inner circle and accounts of judges of the Supreme Commercial Court and were blocked
by the Government of Ukraine have not been confiscated yet, "This is the
responsibility of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the whole justice system.
must work together to combat corruption," underlined Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk
in "10 minutes with Prime Minister" on Sunday, August 2.
He recalled that
the Government arrested $1.5 billion pertaining to the Viktor Yanukovych’s inner circle: "Just recently in the same
way our department on combating money laundering has arrested 13 million of francs
in the accounts in Liechtenstein, which belong to a judge of the Supreme Commercial
However, Arseniy Yatsenyuk pointed out
that these funds were arrested, but not confiscated, "This is the
responsibility of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the justice system. We
must work together to combat corruption and bring every criminal case to an
Office, National Anti-Corruption Bureau and judiciary that are fully
independent of the Government and the President should do their job. Whoever
committed a corruption offense must be in jail instead of sitting at home under
house arrest or fleeing the country before being set down on the wanted list. And
it is the responsibility of the judiciary and prosecution authorities," the
Prime Minister emphasized.
$1.5 billion that
were arrested, but not confiscated, could have been transferred to the state
budget in order to increase social standards, salaries, build new schools,
hospitals and roads," he stressed.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also highlighted that in September Ukraine's Parliament
must vote for the bill, "which makes it possible to confiscate and sell
assets of corrupt officials - as it is done in Europe and the United States."