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The court of the EU partially removed sanctions from Yanukovych — Rambler News Service


Photo: globallookpress.com/Niu Xiaolei the Court of the European Union made the decision to cancel sanctions of the EU in claims of the ex-president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych, his son Alexander and also a number of colleagues, "The European truth" with reference to the press service of court tells. Among the specified Yanukovych's colleagues from whom sanctions are also removed: former minister of income and collecting Ukraine Alexander Klimenko, former prime minister Sergey Arbuzov, ex-Prosecutor General Victor Pshonka, his son Artem Pshonka and former head of administration of Yanukovych Andrey Klyuev. It is about sanctions which lasted several times — up to March, 2019. The edition notes that, thus, restrictions which the EU Council prolonged in March, 2019 till March, 2020 remain in force. For the first time seven mentioned persons were entered in the sanctions list by the EU in 2014 on the basis of criminal proceedings in Ukraine on investigation of crimes in connection with plunder of the Ukrainian public funds and their illegal movement out of borders of Ukraine, notes the edition. Decisions on freezing of means against these persons repeatedly lasted for one year. Then Yanukovych and his son appealed to court of the EU with the appeal of decisions on extension of freezing of their means in 2016 and 2017, and the others — appealed against the decision on extension of freezing of their means in 2018. The basis of submission of the claim the fact that the EU Council, according to specified persons, did not execute criteria of entering of persons into sanctions lists served. "Today's decision the Court supports actions of Ukrainians, canceling the restrictive measures taken against them for these periods" — it is said in the decision. The court defined that information which is contained in letters of the Ukrainian authorities on which the EU Council based the decision on application of restrictive measures does not allow to consider that Council had sufficient information for check that the rights of specified persons were observed, reports the edition. Also pointed court of the EU to an obligation of the EU Council to carry out such inspection irrespective of any evidence produced by the Ukrainians interested in freezing of means. Earlier, on March 4, the EU Council prolonged sanctions against Yanukovych and 11 of his colleagues till March 6, 2020. At the same time Andrey Klyuev was excluded from the sanctions list. Victor Yanukovych headed Ukraine from February, 2010 to February, 2014. As a result of a coup the head of state left the country. On January 24 the Obolon district court of Kiev in absentia sentenced the former president of Ukraine to 13 years of imprisonment. The court admitted Yanukovych proved guilt under the articles of Article 111 ("high treason") and Article 27, Part 2 of Article 437 ("complicity in conducting war of aggression"). At the same time the court did not find the former president guilty according to Part 5 of Article 27 and Part 3 of Article 110 ("the complicity in infringement of territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine which entailed death of people or other heavy consequences").

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