Abuse of office by the Kyiv District Administrative Court judges: new episodes

17.07.2020 00:00

On July 17, 2020, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) gave notices of suspicion to the Head of the Kyiv District Administrative Court (KDAC), his Deputy, five judges of the KDAC and the Head of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine. The process of giving notices of suspicion to four other persons continues.

The investigation revealed that an organized criminal group of 12 persons led by the Head of the KDAC planned to seize state power. They aimed to establish control and create artificial obstacles in the work of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ) and the High Council of Justice.

According to the investigation, the criminal group made unlawful court decisions in its own interests as well as in the interests of politicians and business partners. The Head of the KDAC used a scheme where fictitious NGOs or persons filed administrative claims to his court. The result was predetermined, so the claims were considered rapidly.

On July 26, 2019, the NABU Detectives jointly with investigators of the Special Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office conducted a series of investigative actions (searches) in the premises of the KDAC and the Suvorovsky District Court of Odesa.

As a result, the KDAC Head and three other judges were given notices of suspicion. According to the investigation, they organized deliberately unlawful judicial decisions and intervened in the activity of judicial bodies in order to create artificial obstacles in the work of the HQCJ. 

NABU and SAPO completed a pre-trial investigation as of these facts. The suspects and their defense had been granted with access to the materials of the investigation. Then the indictment will be drawn up and sent to court.

Three suspects were given notices of suspicion of committing illegal acts for the second time. Among them are the Head of the KDAC, his deputy and a judge of this court.

 

According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.

 

Застереження. Відповідно до частини першої статті 62 Конституції України особа вважається невинуватою у вчиненні злочину і не може бути піддана кримінальному покаранню, доки її вину не буде доведено в законному порядку і встановлено обвинувальним вироком суду.