Chernushenko's SMSs with ‘recommendations’ on case rulings are made public
Interior Minister Adviser Anton Herashchenko has released SMS messages that were received by Judge Anton Chernushenko in the period from April to November 2014 with requests or instructions from one of the judge’s closest companions on how to resolve certain cases under consideration of the Kyiv Court of Appeals.
Photos with the messages were published on Herashchenko’s page in Facebook.
"Some SMSs included names of the defendants in cases, some indicated numbers of cases based on the state register of court decisions and recommendations regarding proper resolutions of cases," Herashchenko wrote.
He said that a mere instruction for a judge and a judge’s intention to execute it constitutes a criminal offense both by the judge and by those who provide such instructions.
"After all, each of [these instructions] results in a flagrant violation of the law,” Herashchenko wrote.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin filed a submission to the Verkhovna Rada to allow the detention and arrest of the chairman of the Appeals Court of Kyiv Anton Chernushenko.