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08.04.2014

Ivashchenko “cleared” by the same judges who convicted him

   

Ivashchenko, August 2012

On April 4 former Acting Defence Minister Valeriy Ivashchenko’s convictions were quashed by the same Pechersky District Court judges who sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment back in 2012.  Ivashchenko’s lawyer, Boris Nechyporenko reported that the ruling had been issued by the same panel of judges: Serhiy Vovk; Oksana Tsarevych; and Volodymyr Karavan.

Nechyporenko said that Ivashchenko plans to return from Denmark where he has lived since receiving asylum in February 2013.

Ivashchenko’s case was one of those most often mentioned in connection with concerns about selective justice during the Yanukovych regime. He was convicted on 12 April 2012 of “abuse of position”  in November 2009 while Acting Minister of Defence by signing a plan to sell the Feodosia Marine Engineering Works  His 5 year sentence, including the 2 years that he had spent in custody was overturned in August 2012.  He was freed from serving the sentence with a probation period of one year.

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