PGO special investigator Horbatiuk announces more judges to be notified of suspicion
Chief of the Office of Special Investigations at the General Prosecutor's Office (PGO) Serhiy Horbatiuk has announced that senior officials and four more judges of Kyiv's District Administrative Court will be soon notified they are suspected of meddling in the work of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges and the adoption of knowingly unjust decisions.
Horbatiuk made this announced at a joint briefing with Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk in Kyiv on Friday, July 26, an UNIAN correspondent reported.
As part of an investigation into crimes committed during Maidan events late in 2013 and early in 2014, a probe is being conducted into the adoption of illegal, knowingly unjust decisions by courts regarding both protesters and the prohibition of holding rallies at that time.
"In the course of the investigation of that criminal case, [investigators] checked involvement of judges of Kyiv's District Administrative Court in the commission of this crime, and this work continues. During the probe, [investigators] have obtained evidence that a number of crimes related to interference in the court's activities and corruption crimes are still being committed today," he said.
He noted that the Office of Special Investigations at the Prosecutor General's Office set up a joint investigation team with the SBU Security Service and the NABU, and unlawful acts committed so far by workers of the District Administrative Court were documented for a certain period of time.
"It has been established that there is a systemic interference in the consideration of cases by, first of all, the senior officials of this court, but not only in the consideration of cases, but also in the activities of other higher state agencies, including the Constitutional Court, ministries, departments, courts. This in fact jeopardizes national security, as courts pass their decisions in the extrajudicial process virtually in a manual mode," he said.
"To date, having collected evidence in the case, investigators and prosecutors have prepared a draft report on suspicion to be announced on the senior officials and four judges of Kyiv's District Administrative Court on the facts of interference in activities of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges and the adoption of knowingly unjust decisions," Horbatiuk said.