Soboliev: Some delegates to the High Council of Justice, who are suggested by the Prosecutor General, and judges are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg

MP Yehor Soboliev from the Samopomich faction asks to instruct the Anti-Corruption and Legal Committees of the Verkhovna Rada to take control of the situation with the candidates to the High Council of Justice and, together with the Anti-Corruption Bureau, to prevent corrupt individuals from getting into the Council. Public activists, in particular, Avtomaidan participants, insist on this as well.

“Activists are asking to pay attention to the candidates who want to be delegated to the HJC from judges. These judges are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. These judges participated in the repressions of the Maidan activists; these judges, without exception, cannot explain the origin of their property.”

For example, one of the delegates received as a gift an apartment and a parking place in the heart of the capital. The cost of this gift ranges from 20 to 50 million UAH.

Soboliev also draws attention to the fact that Prosecutor General Lutsenko wants to push no less “respectable” delegates from the prosecutor’s office as well. Under the Constitution, he has the right, together with other prosecutors, to delegate representatives of the prosecutor’s office to the HCJ.

“Interestingly, this should be done in April, according to the procedures; but for some reason, Lutsenko is in a hurry. Obviously, he is worried about the results of the presidential elections, as activists say. And also all 5 candidates who want to be representatives of the prosecutor’s office in the High Court of Justice have not passed the test of virtue from the public.”

It is clear that such delegates will continue to cover corruption and to spread injustice. It is unacceptable.

“The High Council of Justice is the main body for the selection and punishment of judges who do not meet the standards of virtues, who do not exercise justice. The parliament and the President have not managed to ensure that the High Council of Justice consists of honest people.”

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