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Judges in Kiev file complaints against Poroshenko, accuse him of pressure

The panel of judges who made the decision regarding Privatbank’s nationalization complained to the chief of the Supreme Judicial Council over intervention in their activity

KIEV, April 23. /TASS/. The judges of Kiev’s district administrative court who made the decision on the denationalization of Privatbank have lodged complaints with the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation against the incumbent president, Pyotr Poroshenko, the head of the National Bank and the justice minister to charge them with meddling and pressure, as follows from a report on the court’s website.

The panel of judges who made the decision regarding Privatbank’s nationalization complained to the chief of the Supreme Judicial Council over intervention in their activity. Also, they asked the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation to probe into what they argue was a criminal offense to be considered in accordance with Ukraine’s Code of Criminal Procedure. The judges requested the beginning of pre-trial investigation of the head of state, the minister of justice and the National Bank’s governor and the culprit’s subsequent indictment.

The judges say that the Ukrainian leadership in comments on their decision to declare the nationalization of Privatbank illegal made certain remarks that constituted a direct threat to Ukraine’s judicial system and encroachments on its independence and impartiality.

The judges asked for protection from arbitrary and illegal actions by top officials and the prevention of such cases in the future by means of notifying the State Bureau of Investigation President Pyotr Poroshenko, Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko and National Bank governor Yakov Smoliy have committed a crime and by asking parliament to initiate the impeachment of the incumbent president.

Kiev’s district administrative court last week considered Ukrainian big business tycoon Igor Kolomoisky’s demand for declaring the nationalization of Privatbank illegal. After that President Poroshenko approved the National Bank’s decision to appeal the court’s ruling the nationalization of Privatbank was illegal.