MPs files statement to Constitutional Court with urge on judges’ withdrawal

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court registered the statement
21:20, 4 November 2020

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The Constitutional Court of Ukraine registered the statement of the MPs with the urge to the judges to return the seals voluntarily as the court reported.

“The Constitutional Court of Ukraine registered the statement of the MPs of Ukraine,” the message said.

The press service of Servant of the People political force reported that the statement was passed to the court on November 4. It was signed by 226 MPs and they urge the judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to step down from office.

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The MPs specified that the statement concerns not all judges, only 11 who supported the scandalous decision about the cancelation of the anti-corruption reform, particularly, the electronic declaration.

In case they do not withdraw, the lawmakers have a number of legislative initiatives. All of them aim for one thing – prevent the further decisions of the court that ‘might completely destroy the anti-corruption independent structure’.

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the parliamentary faction Servant of the People to obligatory support his ‘tough’ initiatives on the Constitutional Court.

Earlier, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized the norm about the criminal responsibility for false declaration unconstitutional. According to the court’s decision, the criminal responsibility for a false declaration is ‘excessive punishment’ for a person. The punishment for false declaration is ‘disproportional to the inflicted harm’.

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By such a decision, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine blocked the implementation of local election results. The court denied the NACP access to state registers which are used to verify declarations of candidates for senior positions in state bodies. In this regard, no head can be officially appointed.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the system of the electronic declaration of incomes will work despite the decision of the Constitutional Court.

On October 29,  Volodymyr Zelensky convened an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to determine measures for the immediate response of the state to threats to national security.

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Later, the Cabinet of Ministers ordered the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) to immediately restore citizens' access to the register of declarations of officials.

Besides, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted draft law No.4288 for the Parliament's consideration. The bill offers MPs to deprive the Constitutional Court judges of their authorities and to restore the law on a declaration that the Court had canceled.

In his turn, Chair of the Constitutional Court Oleksandr Tupytsky stated that the bill initiated by President Volodymyr Zelensky has characteristics of the constitutional coup in Ukraine.


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