Corrupt judges interfered to lift arrest off Yanukovych property, investigators say

19:50, 26 July 2019
Ukraine
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The investigation has at its disposal the evidence of meddling by judges of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv in the case of lifting the arrest off of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych's property, as well as in lobbying certain bills in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.

The statement was delivered in a video presentation during a joint briefing of head of the Office of Special Investigations of the Prosecutor General's Office, Serhiy Horbatiuk, and NABU Director Artem Sytnyk.

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The briefing followed a raid of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv, conducted earlier today by Ukraine's anti-corruption watchdog, NABU, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

It is noted that in the process of pre-trial investigation, thousands of hours of intercepted communications were analyzed, dozens of meetings and agreements on interference in the activities of judges, other officials, and public authorities were recorded.

"There have been cases of influence on consideration and decision-making in cases of: cancellation of clarifications by the CEC, cancellation of government decisions on tariffs, competitions in the SBI, possible lifting of the arrest of property belonging to Viktor Yanukovych and the [former] Kyiv Patriarchate," the statement says.

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"There have been cases of organizing influence on the Constitutional Court judges in rulings on illegal enrichment and lustration; on members of the Supreme Court of Justice, in particular through people's deputies; lobbying certain bills in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; influence on the judges of the Court of Appeal, the SBI investigation through the leadership of this body," the statement notes.

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