National anti-corruption Bureau denies the necessity of the permission of the High Council of justice on the detention of judges. This was at the briefing said the Director of the National anti-corruption Bureau Artem Sytnik, the correspondent ЛІГА.net.
Sytnik recalled that the judge of Solomensky court of Kiev was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of bribery ($22 thousand allegedly for onward transmission to the leadership of the Ministry of justice for amendments to the register of rights to immovable property). “And in this case we are again faced with a rather unpleasant things. Given the fact that we could not go to choose a measure of restraint in the Solomensky court, because that is the judge of Solomensky court, we did in Lviv. And detective with the Prosecutor applied the measure of restraint in form of detention, but we wrote that, it turns out, you need to obtain the consent of the High Council of justice to raise the question about the arrest or house arrest of a judge. For me it is, to put it mildly, it is unclear for several reasons. When September 30 came into force judicial reform and in a few days we caught the first judge under the new rules, we appealed to the court, the view had been examined, no one demanded the consent of the High Council of justice”.
Was later arrested and the other judges.
“But there is an interesting public appeal of this body that no, we insist that it is necessary to obtain the consent of the High Council of justice… And even if you put a question on the interpretation of provisions of the Constitution where it is provided, the rules of detention and arrest of judges, is probably still the powers of the constitutional court and not the High Council of justice. And second – I wonder why it appeared four months later, when the first judges began to hold, why the High Council of justice was silent when these changes came into force,” he said.
According to Sytnik, the explanatory note to the law on amendments to the Constitution in terms of judicial reform says that the consent of the High justice Council is not required, as there were no comments in the conclusion of the CCU.
“We believe this is just an attempt to neutralize that judicial reform, which we are beginning… We believe that such actions are unacceptable and, unfortunately, discrediting judicial reform, which, in my opinion, is the last chance for Ukraine to make the reforms that have already taken place, irreversible,” he said.
January 29, Galitsky district court of Lviv dismissed the detectives antikorruptsionera National Bureau of Ukraine in the petition for arrest of the judge Solomenskogo district court of Kyiv.