Anti-reformer of the week
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.