Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law that provides a mechanism to determine courts for considering cases and carrying out investigation of criminal offenses in the area of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), the presidential press service has reported.
“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on serving justice and criminal proceedings in connection with the anti-terrorist operation, which envisages a mechanism to determine the courts for trying cases and carrying out pre-trial investigation of criminal offenses, if this is impossible in the area of the anti-terrorist operation,” reads the report.
According to the document, determining courts for trying such cases rests upon chairpersons of higher specialized courts, while the State Judicial Administration will compose lists of local and appeal courts, which are in the area where the forceful operation is held and where justice is impossible to be served, and will send relevant resolutions to heads of higher specialized courts for making relevant decisions.
At the same time, if it is impossible to carry out pre-trial investigation, the sequence of criminal offenses committed in the area of holding the anti-terrorist operation will be determined by the Ukrainian prosecutor general.
The law comes into effect on the day it is published.