The High Council of Justice on Nov. 9 appointed Olga Stupak, a judge of the High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases, as a judge of the Supreme Court.
Stupak and 25 out of the 111 new Supreme Court judges appointed by the High Council of Justice in September had been vetoed by the Public Integrity Council due to evidence of ill-gotten wealth or unlawful rulings, but the judicial body ignored the vetoes. President Petro Poroshenko is scheduled to sign the judges’ credentials by Nov. 10.
The Public Integrity Council said it had vetoed Stupak because she failed to declare real estate that belongs to her, and her income does not match her expenditures. Stupak denies accusations of wrongdoing.
The High Council of Justice also appointed Oleksandra Yanovska and Vadym Korotun on Nov. 9.
In July the pro-government majority in the Verkhovna Rada unsuccessfully tried to install Yanovska, reportedly a presidential protégé, as an auditor of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, in what critics believe to be an effort by Poroshenko to control the bureau.
Meanwhile, the newly-appointed Supreme Court judges Stanislav Kravchenko and Serhiy Slynko were the ones who released senior police officer Olexiy Pukach from custody, which allowed him to flee in 2003, with Pukach’s lawyer saying that this was done on the orders of then President Leonid Kuchma.
Pukach was later caught and convicted in 2013 of murdering journalist Georgy Gongadze.