Court of Justice of the European Union annulled the sanctions against ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage, as the court reported.
The sanctions were lifted from his son Oleksandr Yanykovych, ex-Minister of Revenues and Duties Oleksandr Klymenko, ex-Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka, his son Artem Pshonka, ex-Head of National Bank of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov, ex-Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Klyuyev.
“The decision concerning the freezing of funds against those persons was repeatedly extended, for one-year periods, on the new ground that they were subject to criminal proceedings by the Ukrainian authorities for the misappropriation of public funds or assets. They brought actions before the General Court contesting the acts extending the freezing of their funds in 2016 and 2017, 1 in so far as Viktor Yanukovych and one of his sons are concerned, and in 2018, in so far as the other persons are concerned, 2 on the ground, inter alia, that the Council had failed to comply with the listing criteria. By today’s judgments, the General Court upholds the actions brought by the Ukrainians by annulling the restrictive measures taken against them for those periods,” the message said.
The decision concern sanctions, which were extended by the Council of the EU in 2016-2018.
The mentioned politicians were added to the list of people, who face the freeze of the assets in 2014. The decision was grounded by the fact by their prosecution in Ukraine due to embezzlement of state funds and illegal remittances beyond the country.
Earlier, on February 26, Ukraine's court reported that five appeals were filed against the verdict for ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
On March 5, Kyiv Court of Appeal returned Yanukovych case to Kyiv Obolon Court to correct the mistakes and explanation of the verdict.
The court found Yanukovych guilty of addressing Russian President Putin and asking him to deploy troops in Ukraine.
Besides, the court sentenced Yanukovych to 13 years in prison for the state treason and complicity in the holding of the aggressive war against Ukraine by the Russian Federation.
Yanukovych was charged with state treason, assistance in deliberate actions against Ukraine’s state border, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and assistance in leading the aggressive war against Ukraine.