Ser­hiy Slynko

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

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.

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