Ukraine leader signs anti-corruption laws

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law a series of anti-corruption bills and a bill on the Prosecutor's Office, according to a report posted on Poroshenko's website on Thursday morning.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law a series of anti-corruption bills and a bill on the Prosecutor's Office, according to a report posted on Poroshenko's website on Thursday morning.

These documents include a law on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, a law on the fight against corruption, as well as a law that regulates the main principles of the country's anti-corruption policy for 2014-2017, the presidential press service said.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau will be a specialized law enforcement agency that will crack down on corruption-related offences committed by high-ranking officials. The recently adopted laws also envisage a comprehensive overhaul of Ukraine's anti-corruption system, which will be brought in line with international standards and will follow the example of similar agencies successfully operating in other countries, the press service said.

The law on the Prosecutor's Office abolishes the primary supervision function of this institution, it said.

"We should transfer the investigative functions to the State Bureau of Investigations. We have liquidated the last Soviet vestige in the Ukrainian law enforcement system," Poroshenko was quoted as saying by his press service.

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