European court lifts sanctions against former Ukrainian official

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court recognized the last wave of sanctions against Klyuyev in 2017 illegal
13:52, 21 February 2018


The European court made a decision on the illegality of the last wave of the sanctions imposed against Serhy Klyuyev, the businessman, former MP and brother of Andry Klyuyev, the former head of the Administration of the president by the EU Council in 2017. European Truth reported this citing the press service of the European court.

The court of the EU made the decision on the lifting of the sanctions imposed against former officials during the last years. However, this decision became the first when the currently acting sanctions called into question.

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Moreover, the decision published on February 21 put a threat on the extension of the sanctions against other officials whom guilt is not proved by Ukraine.

The decision is made at the complaint filed by Klyuyev in 2015 and it concerned the wave of the sanctions that acted until March 2016. At the same time, the documents of the new sanction waves were added during the consideration of the complaint, including the last imposed in March 2017. The grounds of the sanctions did not change - Serhy Klyuyev, the MP and brother of the former head of the presidential administration was under the economic restrictions through the adduction on the excessive use of the public funds.

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The court noted that the sanctions can be imposed only against the officials who identified as the responsible for the illegal misappropriation of the state funds. The EU Court thinks that the EU Council should check the reasonableness of the accusations of the particular person before the imposing of the sanctions.

According to the judges, in this case, there are the grounds for the doubt of the adequacy of the evidence provided by the Ukrainian authority to the EU. At the same time, the EU Council did not take into account the arguments of Mr. Klyuyev.

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As we reported Rikard Jozwiak, the correspondent of Radio Liberty reported that the EU can remove Olena Lukash, the former Justice Minister of Ukraine and Serhy Klyuev, the businessman from the sanctions’ list.

The EU imposed the sanctions against Yanukovych and his entourage in March 2014 and extended them annually.

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Mykola Azarov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Vitaly Zakharchenko, the former Interior Minister, Viktor Pshonka, the former Prosecutor General and his son, Olena Lukash, the former Justice Minister, Andry Klyuyev, the former Head of the Presidential Administration, Serhy Klyuyev, the MP, Viktor Ratyshniak, the former Deputy Interior Minister, Serhy Arbuzov, the former First Vice Prime Minister, Oleksandr Klymenko, the former Incomes and Levy Minister, Eduard Stavytskym the former Energy Minister, Dmytro Tabachnyk, the former Education Minister, Serhy Kurchenko, the oligarch are also on the list.

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