Ukraine parliament passes bill to criminalize illegal enrichment at first reading

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that criminalizes state officials illegally enriching themselves.

The bill must be voted on again in order to take effect. Parliament needs to pass the law as a likely condition of more aid from the International Monetary Fund.

Ukraine passed a law criminalizing illicit enrichment in 2015 but the constitutional court overturned the law in February, sparking concern among anti-corruption campaigners, the anti-corruption bureau and Ukraine’s overseas backers.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; editing by Matthias Williams

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