"The confiscation of US$ 1.5 billion of the former
regime is being deliberately delayed. It is the duty of the prosecution
authorities, anti-corruption agencies, all the Ukrainian authorities and the
judiciary, to confiscate it and transfer to the state budget", said Prime
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government meeting on Wednesday,
He reminded that the previous year at a Government meeting he
had demonstrated the media and members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine a
scheme, "how the former regime was plundering funds of the budget, transferred
the money to controlled by them offshore companies”: "In the aftermath
these offshore companies used to buy for the stolen funds the Ukrainian
government bonds, to place them in the Savings Bank and to receive interests from
the state budget".
Last year, told the Head of Government, the State Financial
Monitoring Service arrested assets worth US$1.5 billion, which are now in the Savings
Bank: “The scheme involves about 80 offshore companies controlled by the former
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that "there were numerous
attempts to lift the arrest through courts so that to steal US$ 1.5 billion again".
"It is the duty of the prosecution authorities, anti-corruption
agencies, all the Ukrainian authorities and the judiciary, to confiscate it and
transfer to the state budget. It’s no need to search, we have already found it.
No need to look all around the world - they have been returned to Ukraine and arrested.
Throughout the year, I have been receiving piles of letters that this issue is
being settled", stressed the Head of Government.
He emphasized that "the procedure of forfeiture of the
assets is deliberately delayed": "They think: "the situation is rather
unstable, they demand the confiscation, when others come, we’ll agree with them".
And these assets worth US$1.5 billion will disappear".
The Prime Minister once again emphasized the need to complete
the investigation and to carry out a procedure of special confiscation of US 1.5
billion in assets belonging to the former regime.
Some of these funds have already been planned in the State Budget
to finance the Armed Forces, certain part can be transferred
by the Government to wide social programs.
"If it is necessary to adopt relevant legislation, just
tell us. The People’s Front faction, as always, will vote for such legislation to
be enacted," he said.
In his statement at the Government session Minister of Justice
of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko offered to submit for consideration by the Cabinet of
Ministers a draft decree on the establishment of the National Agency for the identification, recovery and management of proceeds of corruption
and other crimes. He appealed
to the Parliament of Ukraine to submit their candidates to form the Competition
Commission to select the head of the Agency.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk highlighted that the Agency for the identification, recovery of such
assets is crucial to set up: "It is a real tool to access to foreign
databases instead of waiting for years for the reply for legal assistance, but
efficient activity in recovery of assets, search of real owners and the seizure
and confiscation of such assets".