Ro­man Kuy­bida

Kyiv Post - - Opinion Pinion - – Oleg Sukhov

Ro­man Kuy­bida, a mem­ber of the Pub­lic In­tegrity Coun­cil, said on Oct. 25 that the High Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion had failed to ex­plain a sin­gle one of its de­ci­sions to over­ride the coun­cil’s ve­toes on Supreme Court can­di­dates deemed to be cor­rupt or dis­hon­est.

Only 120 out of the com­mis­sion’s 373 de­ci­sions on can­di­dates, and only 382 out of the can­di­dates’ 653 pro­files have been pub­lished, Kuy­bida said, adding that the de­ci­sions on can­di­dates gave no jus­ti­fi­ca­tions. The com­mis­sion has de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions of wrong­do­ing.

In Septem­ber, the High Coun­cil of Jus­tice ap­pointed 111 new Supreme Court judges, in­clud­ing 25 dis­cred­ited judges who par­tic­i­pated in po­lit­i­cal cases, who have un­de­clared wealth, or who are un­der investigat­ion in graft cases. Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko is sched­uled to take a de­ci­sion on sign­ing their cre­den­tials by Oct. 29.

An­other blow to the ju­di­ciary’s im­age came as Poroshenko on Oct. 6 gave an award to for­mer Kyiv Court of Ap­peal Judge Grig­ory Zu­bets, who jailed dis­si­dent Valery Marchenko for crit­i­cism of the Soviet au­thor­i­ties in 1984. Marchenko, who was suf­fer­ing from kid­ney fail­ure, was sent to a prison camp in Perm Oblast in Rus­sia, and died in a prison hos­pi­tal in Len­ingrad. Mean­while, 52 per­cent of Kyiv’s judges do not meet pro­fes­sional in­tegrity stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to a re­search pub­lished by the Ch­esno civic watch­dog on Oct. 26.

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