Kyiv court sees no violation in Zelensky’s assets declaration

Under Article 105 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the President enjoys the right of immunity during his or her tenure.

Kyiv’s Pechersky district court has ruled that there is no administrative violation in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s assets declaration.

The ruling was issued by judge Svitlana Smyk, according to the website of the State Register of Court Rulings.

The court examined a protocol drawn up by Chairman of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) Oleksandr Novikov against the President of Ukraine for infringements on Part 2 of Article 52 of the Law of Ukraine on Prevention of Corruption, as the president had failed to inform about considerable changes in his assets as of July 17, 2019. The changes were related, in particular, to the purchase of government domestic loan bonds worth US$99,941.38, which was the equivalent to UAH 2,584,692 at the Central Bank’s official forex rate as of the above-mentioned date.

The court decided to close the administrative case against Zelensky based on the absence of the event and crime in the act.

The court indicated that under Article 105 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the President enjoys the right of immunity during his or her tenure. In particular, while in office, the President of Ukraine cannot be held criminally liable and no criminal case can be initiated against him.

As UNIAN reported earlier, NACP on July 8 handed over two administrative protocols to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the failure to notify the authority of significant changes in his property status.

The press service of the president’s secretariat said on July 7 that Zelensky had personally informed NACP of the violation.

“In 2019, the president’s family received funds as redemption of government domestic loan bonds in the total amount of UAH 5.1 million (US$189,380) and spent UAH 5.2 million (US$193,093) on the purchase of government domestic loan bonds,” the press service said. “Accordingly, the value of these bonds exceeded 50 subsistence levels. According to the law, Volodymyr Zelensky had to submit notifications of significant changes in property status to the Register of Declarations within 10 days from the time of the purchase and sale of the bonds.”

(c) Unian

3 comments

  • “Under Article 105 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the President enjoys the right of immunity during his or her tenure.”

    That’s true, but it hardly sets an example to the rest of the country. Article 104 is a lot more interesting, and one that could come back and bite the clown on the ass.

    The President of Ukraine takes the following oath:

    “I, (name and surname), elected by the will of the people as the President of Ukraine, assuming this high office, do solemnly swear allegiance to Ukraine. I pledge with all my undertakings to protect the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, to provide for the good of the Motherland and the welfare of the Ukrainian people, to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens, to abide by the Constitution of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine, to exercise my duties in the interests of all compatriots, and to enhance the prestige of Ukraine in the world.”

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  • onlyfactsplease

    I am sceptical of his innocence. Maybe he is, maybe he’s not. However, a president to be sentenced as innocent in a corrupt country, in which the said president has made backward strides in the fight against corruption, MUST leave ample room for doubt in this dude’s innocence (I refuse to call him a man).

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  • Immunity is not innocence.

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