The Supreme Council of Justice (SCJ) of Ukraine didn’t support the suggestion of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to lift the security of courts, which is now provided by the National Guard and the National Police, according to the council’s decision announced today.
“While sharing the concerns of the Interior Ministry, the Supreme Council of Justice categorically doesn’t accept public statements on refusing to fulfil the government function to ensure the security of courts that are stated on the official website of the ministry,” the SCJ said.
The SCJ noted that the basis for issuing such a statement was that the Shevchenkivsky district court chose to release a participant in the incident near Solomiansky court (this individual shot at a police officer) as some Ukrainian MPs stood bail for him.
“Demanding the Supreme Council of Justice and the court of appeals to give a certain court ruling is an interference into and pressure on the judicial power,” the SCJ said.
They also noted that the dissatisfaction with a court decision can be reviewed through the appropriate inquiries to the corresponding judicial branches.
As it was reported earlier, Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov called on the Cabinet of Ministers to abolish the protection of courts by the police and the National Guard. He commented on the refusal of Kyiv Shevchenkivsky District Court to arrest the ex-fighter of the Donbas battalion suspected of shooting at a police officer during the rallies near Solomiansky District Court on February 15. Avakov emphasized that releasing this individual under bail basically meant the court enabled such actions.