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Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

Ro­man Bre­hei

Ro­man Bre­hei, a judge of the Kirovohrad District Ad­min­is­tra­tive Court, is one of Ukraine’s few whistle­blower judges who has ex­posed the ju­di­ciary’s flaws and called for mak­ing the on­go­ing ap­point­ment of a new Supreme Court more trans­par­ent.

Bre­hei has crit­i­cized the High Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion for al­low­ing 299 can­di­dates with in­suf­fi­cient scores take part in the com­pe­ti­tion — a move that ap­pears to pro­mote judges fa­vored by the author­i­ties. He urged the High Coun­cil of Jus­tice not to ap­point 69 of these can­di­dates who passed to the lat­est stage.

Bre­hei has also lam­basted the High Coun­cil of Jus­tice for re­ject­ing 48 out of 52 re­quests by coun­cil mem­bers to ex­empt them­selves from vot­ing for spe­cific can­di­dates due to con­flicts of in­ter­est. This trig­gered ac­cu­sa­tions of po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence on the coun­cil, which are de­nied by this body.

One of the coun­cil mem­bers who will vote for Supreme Court judges, Pavlo Grechkivsky, has been charged in a fraud case for al­legedly tak­ing a $500,000 bribe to in­flu­ence a court de­ci­sion.

In July, the High Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion se­lected 120 judges of the new Supreme Court who have yet to be ap­proved by the High Coun­cil of Jus­tice. As many as 25 per­cent of the 120 nom­i­nees deemed dis­hon­est or cor­rupt were ve­toed by the ad­vi­sory Pub­lic In­tegrity Coun­cil, but the com­mis­sion over­rode the ve­toes.

The Euro­pean Union and U. S. Am­bas­sador Marie L. Yo­vanovitch have urged the coun­cil not to ap­point dis­cred­ited can­di­dates.

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