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17.04.2007

Constitutional Court Judges’ fears confirmed

   

The Ukrainian Security Service [SBU] has found that the allegations of danger in one of the cases cited by five members of the Constitutional Court at a press conference last week were justified.

This was stated at a press conference on Monday 16 April by the acting Head of the SBU Valentyn Nalyvaichenko. He said that after the joint statement by the Judges, the SBU had launched five criminal investigations, and that some of these had already been concluded, and some were still continuing.

“Unfortunately, in one of the cases we have fairly serious evidence”. He said the SBU had established that in the Lviv region in a car belonging to a close relative of one of the judges, all four wheels had been unscrewed. He added that if the car had set off, the consequences could have been serious.

At present the material from the investigations into the statements made by the Judges had been passed to the Prosecutor General. Mr Nalyvaichenko stated that the SBU and the special investigative unit created would work together with the Prosecutor’s office in responding to the statements by the Judges of the Constitutional Court alleging threats against themselves and their families.

At the same time, the Deputy Head of the Constitutional Court Suzanna Stanik has sent a letter to Viktor Yushchenko, Oleksandr Moroz, the Heads of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, as well as the mass media. She asserts that an attempt is being made to disrupt the session of the Constitutional Court examining the constitutionality of the President’s Decree of 2 April dissolving parliament. 

Suzana Stanik stated that the allegations (which she called “the latest false information”) which the acting Head of the SBU had made against her were part of this attempt.

What she was referring to was the statement made by the Acting Head of the SBU Valentyn Nalyvaichenko during the above-mentioned press conference that the SBU had received initial information that a close relative of Judge Suzanna Stanik had received land and property worth nearly 12 million dollars.

Based on material from www.unian.net

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