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Weekend Reads Ukraine: under pressure, President Zelensky promises a major reform of justice

06:05  02 march  2021
06:05  02 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le président ukrainien Volodymyr Zelensky a promis une réforme de la justice, depuis longtemps demandée par la rue et la communauté internationale. (image d'illustration) © AP - Aaron Chown Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised a reform of justice, long demanded by the street and the international community. (illustrative image)

The Ukrainian president presented on Monday March 1 at a major national conference reform of the judicial sector, as corruption continues to proliferate and Ukrainians' confidence in judges and courts is still high. lower. After years of inaction, the Ukrainian authorities find themselves under pressure from the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, but also from the streets.

With our correspondent in Kiev, Stéphane Siohan

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"We will reform the justice system, honest and independent courts will operate in Ukraine, and the law will be the same for everyone". These are the words President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on Monday in front of an audience of officials and representatives of the international community.

A few hours later, the media announced that two Ukrainian diplomats had been arrested at the Polish border, while carrying 16 kilos of pure gold and tens of thousands of dollars in cash. A news item like so many others, unpunished in the past, which continue to upset Ukrainians.

The inability of courts to try corruption crimes, the venality of judges and the lack of separation between the executive and the judiciary are one of the main causes of instability in Ukraine.

From now on, the European Union and the IMF are clearly putting pressure on Kiev, to set up functional justice, even if it means putting their financial aid in the balance.

In February, the sentence to 7 years in prison of Serhiy Sternenko, a far-right activist with a sulphurous past, after a criticized trial, was enough to put in the streets, under the president's windows, more than 10,000 demonstrators who were far from being all radicals, but who demanded fair justice.

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