Head of Constitutional Court of Ukraine suspended from office

Source : 112 Ukraine

President Zelensky signed the respective decree, claiming it would "restore justice and solve the constitutional crisis"
20:50, 29 December 2020

Chair of the Constitutional Court Oleksandr Tupytsky
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Oleksandr Tupytsky, the Head of Constitutional Court of Ukraine is now suspended from his office. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the respective decree on December 29.

The message appeared on the president's official website.

"I am signing this decree to restore justice and solve the constitutional crisis", the head of the state said.

Tupytsky will be staying out of the office for two months.

Fedir Venislavsky, the presidential envoy in the Constitutional Court explained Zelensky's move. "It's not any sort of resignation or stoppage of his (Tupytsky's, - 112 International) authority; it's a temporary measure foreseen by the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, Article 154. In order to comply with the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine issues decrees. According to Article 154, the official appointed for a job by the President can be temporarily suspended - up to two months, for the period of pre-trial investigation", he said.

Related: Office of Prosecutor General asks Zelensky to suspend Head of Constitutional Court from office

Head of the parliamentary faction of Servant of the People party Davyd Arakhamia claimed that Tupytsky was informed of suspicion by the Office of Prosecutor General. The latter previously asked Zelensky to suspend the judge.

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