Paseniuk becomes CC judge despite protests by opposition
A corrupt judge, Oleksandr Paseniuk, was elected Constitutional Court judge in a corrupt voting by Rada lawmakers, opposition claims.According to lawmaker Yury Prokopchuk, BYUT, another lawmaker, Yury Lytvyn, People’s party, engaged in the stuffing of ballots. The incident was witnessed by the deputy head of Rada voting committee and a number of journalists. They accused Yury Lytvyn of stuffing some 20 ballots in the box.
Accordingly, Prokopchuk said, the election of a CC judge was illegal.
Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, however, declared the voting results valid.
Meanwhile, Paseniuk was incriminated in corruption while he was head of the Supreme Arbitration Court of Ukraine.
According to The Informator, Paseniuk was a party in the high-profile Lviv Judge Ihor Zvarych case. Head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Arbitration Court Petro Cherpy admitted he had given Zvarych $150,000, of which $140,000 Zvarych had to pass to Paseniuk, the then head of the Supreme Administrative Court.
When Paseniuk had a face-to-face interrogation with Zvarych, the latter described four more incidents of passing bribe money to Paseniuk.
Surprisingly, Judge Paseniuk was let off the hook and remained head of the SAC. He was reelected on Dec. 25, 2009.
Experts put this down to Paseniuk’s influential patrons in the Regions party.
With such track record, the judge will be an obedient tool in their hands, experts say.
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