The EU General Court announced the decision concerning the appeal of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr, as they protested against the EU sanctions imposed in 2015 and 2016. The court’s secretariat reported this on Thursday.
The Yanukovych family protested against the last year’s decision of the EU court; In September 2016, the EU court ruled that the 2014 sanctions will be lifted, but restrictions imposed on the Ukrainians in 2015 and 2016 remained. Viktor and Oleksandr Yanukovych appealed against this decision, having turned to the superior chamber of the EU court.
The higher instance court found that the initial decision to freeze the assets of Viktor and Oleksandr Yanukovych was legal. The EU court decision approved on October 19, specifically, says that ‘Viktor and Oleksandr Yanukovych’s fears of the biased Ukrainian judicial system cannot cast any discredit on charges against them – the charges of very specific cases of embezzlement of public funds’.
The court’s decision concerns only the sanctions imposed since March 2015 till March 2016; therefore, these restrictions lapse. However, such decision could mean that any attempts to appeal against the court decisions about sanctions imposed in 2016 and 2017 will fail as well.