Serhiy Slynko, who was appointed as a judge of the new Supreme Court by the High Council of Justice on Sept. 29, participated in the political persecution of Yuriy Lutsenko, now prosecutor general, under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
In 2013 Slynko and Vyacheslav Nastavny, as judges of the High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases, supported a lower court’s 2012 decision to give a 4-year sentence to Lutsenko, an opponent of Yanukovych, on theft and abuse of office charges.
The European Court of Human Rights and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have ruled that there were legal violations in the Lutsenko case. The European Union’s parliament and five EU ambassadors have declared the Lutsenko case to be political, while in 2014 the Verkhovna Rada passed a law to rehabilitate Lutsenko and others as political prisoners. Nastavny, who also became a Supreme Court judge, and Slynko claim the case is not political.
Slynko’s revenues do not match his expenses, while Nastavny has also banned journalists from filming court hearings, according to the Public Integrity Council, a civil society watchdog.
In September the High Council of Justice appointed 111 new Supreme Court judges, including 25 discredited judges deemed corrupt or dishonest by the Public Integrity Council. Their credentials have yet to be signed by President Petro Poroshenko.