The General Court of the European Union has annulled the Council's 2019 acts extending the fund-freezing measures imposed on Viktor Yanukovych, former President of Ukraine, and his son Oleksandr. Such information was published on the Court's website on Wednesday.
"The Council failed to demonstrate that the rights of the defence and the right to effective judicial protection were respected in the criminal proceedings underlying that extension which are being conducted against those individuals by the Ukrainian authorities," the judgment reads.
The Court finds that the Council took into account a series of judicial decisions relating to those criminal proceedings as part of the factual basis justifying the maintenance of the restrictive measures at issue. However, the Council did not demonstrate that it had actually examined those decisions and that it was able to conclude from them that the essence of the procedural rights of the individuals concerned had been complied with.
As we reported earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky enacted the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of March 19 on the introduction of personal sanctions against 27 former high-ranking officials, including ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and ex-prime minister Mykola Azarov.