Ser­hiy Kozyakov

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

Ser­hiy Kozyakov, head of the High Qualification Com­mis­sion, de­serves the ti­tle of “Ju­di­cial Re­form’s Gravedig­ger” for run­ning roughshod over the Public In­tegrity Coun­cil, the ju­di­ciary’s civil so­ci­ety watch­dog.

The com­mis­sion has so far over­rid­den 75 per­cent of the Public In­tegrity Coun­cil’s ve­toes on 64 candidates for Supreme Court jobs deemed to be cor­rupt or dis­hon­est.

Mikhail Slo­bodin, a judge at the Kharkiv Com­mer­cial Court of Ap­peal, said on June 22 that by re­ject­ing the civic watch­dog’s ve­toes, the com­mis­sion had de­stroyed so­ci­ety’s trust in the on­go­ing Supreme Court com­pe­ti­tion.

“Fran­cis Fukuyuama said that so­ci­ety’s trust in the in­sti­tu­tions of lib­eral democ­racy was a nec­es­sary con­di­tion of these in­sti­tu­tions’ ex­is­tence,” he said.

Ro­man Bre­hei, a judge at the Kirovohrad District Ad­min­is­tra­tive Court, has asked law en­force­ment bod­ies to in­ves­ti­gate the High Qualification Com­mis­sion over what he sees as a bla­tantly il­le­gal de­ci­sion to let 299 candidates with in­suf­fi­cient scores run in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The High Qualification Com­mis­sion on June 26 over­rode the Public In­tegrity Coun­cil’s veto on Deputy Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral An­gela Stryzhevska in what crit­ics saw as an ef­fort to pro­mote a loy­al­ist of the au­thor­i­ties.

Stryzhevska has a con­flict of in­ter­est be­cause of her pros­e­cu­to­rial du­ties and has com­mit­ted pro­ce­dural vi­o­la­tions as a judge be­fore, the watch­dog said. Stryzhevska and the com­mis­sion deny ac­cu­sa­tions of wrong­do­ing.

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