Supreme Court defends Zhvanias constitutional rights
On 1 August Ukraines Supreme Court suspended the ruling of the Kyiv Court of Appeal from 2 July. As reported here, this ruling had ordered a review by a district court of the decision by the Radyansky District Court in Kyiv from 1999 which formed the grounds for David Zhvania to receive Ukrainian citizenship.
Gennady Moskal, a fellow National Deputy (both from the faction “Our Ukraine – Peoples Self-Defence”) who is representing Mr Zhvania quoted the Courts judgment. «bearing in mind that the ruling of the Kyiv Court of Appeal from 2 July 2008 could lead to a violation of his (Zhvanias) constitutional rights, including his right to Ukrainian citizenship, the Court considers that the application is worthy of attention and should be allowed”.
Mr Moskal states that the Court suspended enforcement of the ruling until the cassation appeal has been examined, and a ruling on it passed.
This means that the ruling of the Radyansky District Court in Kyiv from 1999 remains in force.
Please see “Passports are not Party cards” for the details of this case, and why concern was felt over the sudden questioning of the validity of Mr Zhvanias citizenship.