Poroshenko says 28 judges to be fired for wrong rulings on Maidan cases
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced the dismissal of 28 judges for illegal adjudication against Maidan activists.
Poroshenko told Ukrainian TV channels in an interview on Sunday that he had recently signed a decree on the dismissal of four judges, including Rodion Kireyev, who [as a judge of Kyiv's Pechersky District Court] passed an unlawful decision on the so-called gas case against former Prime Minister, leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko.
"We are now preparing a decree on the dismissal of another 28 judges who committed crimes – let me call a spade a spade – while passing rulings during the Maidan and it should be [their] responsibility for this, and judicial reform is one of the first priorities," Poroshenko said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on January 19, Poroshenko dismissed four judges: Rodion Kireyev; Olena Vasylieva, who was the judge of Kharkiv's Chervonozavodskiy District Court, whose rulings concerned Kharkiv protesters of February 19, 2014; Vitaliy Lytvynov, the judge of Kyiv's Obolonsky District Court, for an unjustified decision against a Euromaidan activist in January 2014; as well as Oleksiy Zolotariov, the judge of Luhansk's Leninskiy District Court, who passed four unlawful decisions concerning ownership of pipelines in February 2013.