Ukraine will pay 90 thousand euros to judges for the wrongful dismissal – the European Court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has recognized the dismissal of 18 Ukrainian judges as violating the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Court has obliged Ukraine to pay them compensation in the amount of 89,600 euros.

It is stated in the ECHR decision dated 19 January 2017 № 5114/09 on the case of “Kulikov and others against Ukraine”, reports “Law and Business”.

18 Ukrainian judges have addressed to Strasbourg in respect of which during the period from 2004 to 2012 High Council of Justice has submitted to Parliament the recommendation for dismissal from positions for violation of the judicial oath.

After the dismissal of judges by the Verkhovna Rada, the national courts have recognized the legitimacy of their dismissals. However, the ECHR has acknowledged a violation by Ukraine the right to a fair trial (Article 6) and the right to respect for private and family life (Article 8) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The ECHR has adopted decision on such judges: Andrey Kulikov (Dnepr), Vladimir Korzachenko (Obukhov), Oleg Bachun (Kiev), Sergey Konyakin (Golovanevsk), Lyudmila Stasovskaya (Kamenskoe), Petr Kovzel (Kiev), Kirill Kormushin (Kiev), Liliya Vasina (Dnepr), Igor Baranenko (Kiev), Igor Bondarenko (Boryspol), Nina Babich (Kiev), Alexander Rozdobudko (Berezan), Lydia Tokar (Vinnitsa), Alexander Shkinder (Genichesk), Alexander Volvenko (Genichesk), Yuriy Strebkov (Genichesk), Gennadiy Neminuschiy (Slavyansk) and Nataliya Serednya (Krivoy Rog).

Pursuant to the ECHR decision, Ukraine has to pay compensation to 18 judges for material and moral damages as well as for legal costs in the total amount of 89,600 euros in accordance with the decisions on each of them.

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