09:00 30 Oct 2020

Zelenskyi submitted a law draft to the Rada proposing to terminate the current CCU authority

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyi submitted a law draft to the Verkhovna Rada proposing to terminate the power and authority of the current Constitutional Court.

The draft law "On Restoration of Public Confidence in the Constitutional Judiciary" is posted on the Verkhovna Rada's website.

The law draft proposes to acknowledge that the decision of the Constitutional Court of October 27, 2020, is void (such that it doesn't create legal consequences), and the CCU judges adopted it in a definite conflict of interest.

"The Law of Ukraine "On Prevention of Corruption" and the Criminal Code of Ukraine from entry into force by this Law remain in effect in the wording valid before the Constitutional Court of Ukraine adopted the decision of October 27, 2020, № 13-r/2020 in case № 1-24/2020 (393/20)," the draft document specified.

In addition, it is intended that the CCU powers, which were in force at the time of the decision, will be terminated from the date of making this law valid.

"The subjects of appointment of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine shall immediately start the selection procedure on a competitive basis for the further appointment of the new Constitutional Court of Ukraine in the manner ordered by the Constitution of Ukraine and the Law of Ukraine "On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine," the law draft reads.

The explanatory note states that they developed it to ensure compliance with the constitutional order in Ukraine and to prevent the usurpation of power by judges of the Constitutional Court.

The President approved the law draft as urgent.

To recap, the State Bureau of Investigation summoned the head of the Constitutional Court, Oleksandr Tupytskyi, for questioning on November 2.

On October 27, the Constitutional Court repealed Art. 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on criminal liability for entering inaccurate data in the declaration, and also declared the powers of the NAPC to control and verify declarations, their round-the-clock access to the register of declarations, and lifestyle monitoring unconstitutional.

The NAPC stated that the judges made the relevant decision in their own interests. According to the anti-corruption agency, two members of the CCU entered inaccurate data in their declarations and are now probably trying to avoid responsibility.

In turn, the Constitutional Court stated about "constant pressure" from anti-corruption bodies.

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