Ukraine's Constitutional Court's ex-chairman is suspected of illegal signing court's payment documents

Source : 112 Ukraine

More than 200 electronic payment orders were illegally signed
14:31, 16 July 2021
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The former chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) Oleksandr Tupytsky was informed about the suspicion of unauthorized interference in the operation of the automated system, which led to the falsification of information committed repeatedly by a group of persons (Part 2 of Article 361 of the Ukraine's Criminal Code). This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office.
It is noted that the ex-chairman was in prior agreement with the chief accountant of this court. Tupytsky made an unauthorized interference in the automated system of remote customer service of the State Treasury Service of Ukraine while signing electronic accounting documents.
"According to the investigation, the ex-head of the Court, after his dismissal due to suspicion in December 2020, handed over a secure electronic medium with his own qualified electronic signature key and password to the chief accountant and illegally instructed him to continue using this key on his behalf and instead him to sign payment and other documents in an automated system," the statement said.
According to police, such unauthorized interventions took place even during the suspect's stay abroad. In particular, more than 200 electronic payment orders, electronic documents on budget commitments, distribution of consolidated budget indicators, distribution of open appropriations and budget assignments, etc. were signed in this way.
The judge faces up the imprisonment for a term of three to six years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years. Currently, the pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceedings is ongoing and is being conducted by investigators of the State Bureau of Investigations.
As it was reported earlier, on December 29, the President of Ukraine issued a decree "On the dismissal of a judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine."

But the Court recognized Zelensky's decree on the removal of Tupytsky from the position of chairman unconstitutional. In a statement, representatives of the Court called the decree "worthless", because, in their opinion, Zelensky went beyond his powers as president. In their statement, the representatives of the court added that such actions are subject to criminal liability.

In March, Zelensky extended the removal of Tupytsky for another month.

And already on March 27, Zelensky canceled the decree on the appointment of Oleksandr Tupytsky as a judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU), which was signed by the former head of state Viktor Yanukovych on May 14, 2013.

On April 15, Tupytsky, suspected of bribing a witness and giving false testimony to the investigation, was to be remanded in custody.
On July 14, the judge received a call to Office of the Prosecutor General. 
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