Five Constitutional Court judges refused to take part in considering the constitutionality of the President’s decree on dissolving the Verkhovna Rada due to pressure of some political forces upon them.

      According to an UNIAN correspondent, the judges announced this at a press conference in Kyiv today.

      According to the statement, signed by CC judges Yaroslava Machuzhak, Victor Shyshkin, Volodymyr Kampo, Petro Stetsiuk, and Dmytro Lylak, they consider impossible to take part in consideration of the case until their work is not secured.

      In addition, the judges turned to law-enforcement agencies with a demand to provide them with state guards.

      As UNIAN reported earlier, on 11 April, the Constitutional Court was due to begin an urgent consideration of the case on the constitutional submission of 53 lawmakers concerning the constitutionality of President’s Decree “On Pre-Schedule Termination of Authorities of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine” dated 2 April 2007, #264.

      According to the press-service of the Constitutional Court, the submission of 53 lawmakers reads that the President’s decree is contrary to part two article 19, article 90, part three article 104, provisions 7, 8, part one article 106 of the Ukrainian Constitution.

      The judge-reporter on the case is Siuzanna Stanik.