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What changes the Law "Stop Show Masks - 2"?

Dmitry Nikiforov, lawyer

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The law came into force under the conditional name "Masks-show stop - 2". The official version of the need for the law is to protect business from law enforcement pressure and increase the responsibility of investigators and prosecutors for making illegal decisions.

How will the amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine (hereinafter - the CPC of Ukraine) be able to protect business? Briefly about innovations.


Who is affected by the change?

If after the visit of the investigator and the search of the enterprise there was a decrease in equipment, laptops, smartphones and other shops, the changes in the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine apply to you as well.

Earlier, the investigator had one answer to the business's attempts to return the property: “What is your status - a victim, a suspect? No? Then wait for the investigation to end. "

Legal entities and individuals whose property has been confiscated and who have no status in criminal proceedings will be able to try to return the property through the courts.

Opportunity to close criminal proceedings 

Property confiscated as a result of searches may be unreasonably kept by investigators for years. As a result, the seized property falls into "standby mode" indefinitely, and business activities are completely or partially blocked.

If the investigator confiscated property from the company, the property owner will be able to apply to the court with a request to close the criminal proceedings. Once the case is closed, the investigator must return the property, but this can only be done if the investigator has not identified the person suspected of committing the crime he is investigating.

If the court refuses to return the confiscated property, it is possible to appeal to the court of appeal. But there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, it is possible to try to close the criminal proceedings only in cases initiated after March 16, 2018. That is, the seized property in the old cases, which began before March 16, 2018, will remain on standby.

Secondly, it is possible to use the innovation if the investigation has not found the suspect within 12 months. For serious crimes, this period is 18 months.  

Thus, it will be possible to try to close the criminal proceedings in which the seized or seized property is kept not earlier than March 16, 2019. So we have to wait.

Consider another situation that makes it possible to close criminal proceedings. For example, the investigator believes that your LLC is a one-day, through which money is driven. The investigator searches and seizes all documents and laptops. He later sees that there is no crime, so he closes the case and returns the confiscated property.

After a while, a colleague of the investigator receives an order and starts a similar case and comes with a new search. At the same time, the arguments that the case is already closed are not valid.

In such cases, the amendments to the CPC allow the investigator to write a motion to close the case or appeal the investigator's refusal to the court.

Investigations for investigators and prosecutors

They will not be. The draft law provided for the rule that any violations by the investigator and prosecutor established by the court were grounds for an official investigation.

However, after the law was signed by the President, this rule disappeared somewhere. Therefore, as before, any court decision will not affect the bringing of law enforcement to disciplinary responsibility. This will further encourage them to be irresponsible in the performance of their duties.


The good news is that there will be more opportunities to return confiscated property. However, this will not lead to fewer searches. The changes do not provide for the responsibility of investigators for broken doors, damaged property and illegal searches. Until investigators pay for negligence out of pocket, the situation will not change.

The article is published on League. Blogs



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