The Ukrainian Bar Association has appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, and the Security Service of Ukraine to stop the prosecution of lawyers defending the Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council in criminal proceedings.
The basis for the appeal was a written statement to Ukrainian Bar Association from the Chairman of «Barristers» Law Office, lawyer Oleksii Shevchuk, which outlines the circumstances of possible violations of the guarantees of advocacy by representatives of the pre-trial investigation.
The statement indicated that from February 13 to the present, the phone numbers of lawyers Kostyantyn Hloba, Andrii Levkovets, Oleksandr Shadrin, defending the Head of the Kherson Oblast for the sake of Vladyslav Manher, are tapped, and electronic mail boxes are broken. In addition, unknown persons monitor the office of «Barristers» Law Office, as well as at the houses of lawyers.
Lawyers suspect that representatives of pretrial investigation agencies may be involved in unlawful interference with their advocacy and consider such actions as pressure on lawyers.
The Ukrainian Bar Association noted the inadmissibility of obstruction, as well as in the implementation of some form of persecution of lawyers in the implementation of advocacy.
Considering the appeal of the Chairman of «Barristers» Law Office to take measures to prevent violation of advocate secrecy in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine, guided by Article 19 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Articles 22, 23 of the Law of Ukraine «On the Bar and Legal Practice», Article 258 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, Articles 2, 3 of the Law of Ukraine «On the Prosecutor’s Office», the Ukrainian Bar Association asks to verify the stated circumstances, to find out that the guarantees of the advocate’s activities of these lawyers, defined by Article 23 of the Law of Ukraine «On the Bar and Legal Practice» are observed.