Verkhovna Rada passes lustration bill at third try

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has passed the lustration bill in the second reading at the third attempt.

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has passed the lustration bill in the second reading at the third attempt.

The bill was approved by 231 votes, an Interfax correspondent reported, adding that 246 deputies were present in the session hall.

The bill "has changed significantly" compared to the document the parliament heard at the first reading, head of the working group on improving the lustration bill Yuriy Derevyanko said.

In his words, provisions which disagreed with the Ukrainian constitution were removed from the bill.

"All the elected officials such as deputies, the human rights ombudsman and constitutional judges, were excluded from that law [exempted from its jurisdiction]," he said.

The range of persons compelled to file their asset and income declarations was narrowed to the family, "i.e. the people who live together with every one of us." The parliamentarian said deputies annually filed regular declarations, which listed assets and incomes of only those family members who lived with them and were part of their household, Derevyanko said.

The law has a provision which binds the tax inspection before making a final negative decision regarding the verification of declared assets to inform the verified person about all of its claims and make a final decision with due account of the verified person's explanations, Derevyanko said.

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