Olga Stu­pak

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

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.

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