Anti-re­former of the week

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

Yaroslav Ro­manyuk

Yaroslav Ro­manyuk, chair­man of the dis­cred­ited Supreme Court and a mem­ber of the High Coun­cil of Jus­tice, may have a de­ci­sive vote dur­ing the ap­point­ment of po­lit­i­cally loyal can­di­dates to the new Supreme Court by the coun­cil start­ing from Sept. 14, Ro­man Bre­hei, a judge of the Kirovohrad District Ad­min­is­tra­tive Court, said on Face­book on Sept. 14.

The High Coun­cil of Jus­tice on Sept. 13 re­jected Ro­manyuk’s re­quest to ex­empt him­self from vot­ing for new Supreme Court judges due to a con­flict of in­ter­est: the fact that he par­tic­i­pated in the Supreme Court com­pe­ti­tion him­self, al­though he later with­drew his can­di­dacy.

Bre­hei, him­self a for­mer par­tic­i­pant of the com­pe­ti­tion, in­ter­preted this as an at­tempt to make sure that there is a po­lit­i­cally loyal ma­jor­ity at the High Coun­cil of Jus­tice.

The High Coun­cil of Jus­tice needs 14 votes to ap­point judges of the new Supreme Court. Bre­hei ar­gued that the author­i­ties do not trust re­formist High Coun­cil of Jus­tice mem­bers An­driy Boiko, Ana­toly My­rosh­ny­chenko and Mykola Husak and need Ro­manyuk as the 14th loy­al­ist vote.

Ro­manyuk backed ex-Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych’s “dic­ta­to­rial laws” of Jan­uary 16, 2014, which cracked down on civil lib­er­ties. In 2008 Ro­manyuk took part in the Bochan vs Ukraine case, which has been rec­og­nized by the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights as law­less and “a de­nial of jus­tice.” Ro­manyuk de­nies ac­cu­sa­tions of mak­ing un­law­ful de­ci­sions.

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