#MaskShowStop law in action: example from Luhansk Oblast
Subject of complaint: Investigative Department for Financial Investigations of the SFS in Luhansk Oblast (Tax Police)
Complaint in brief: On April 26, 2018, the Interdepartmental Commission for Ensuring Rights and Legal Interests of Citizens by Law Enforcement Agencies (Commission) sent the BOC a complaint from Luhansk-based company regarding Tax Police abuses.
In the autumn of 2016, the Tax Police conducted a search of the company. As a result, law enforcers withdrew the Complainant’s laptops and hard disk drives. Repeated appeals to the investigator and prosecutor resulted in run-around replies or were completely ignored. For almost two years, the Complainant could not get its property back that significantly hindered its economic activity.
However, with the adoption of the # MaskShowStop law the company had the opportunity to appeal against refusal to comply with investigation reasonable time frame That was the reason why he appealed to the Commission dealing with such issues.
Actions taken: The Council‘s investigator asked the General Directorate of the SFS and the Prosecutor’s Office of Luhansk Oblast in writing to check the time frame of conduct of pre-trial investigation. He also stressed all withdrawn computer equipment and documents had to be returned to the Complainant.
Result achieved: On June 20, criminal proceedings against the company was closed. On July 17, all the sized property was returned to the Complainant.