Ukrainian judges ask for 'state protection'

Five of the 18 judges on Ukraine's constitutional court, which is set to rule in a power struggle between the president and parliament, complained Tuesday of "gross pressure" and asked for state protection.

Ukrainian judges ask for 'state protection'
Five of the 18 judges on Ukraine's constitutional court, which is set to rule in a power struggle between the president and parliament, complained Tuesday of "gross pressure" and asked for protection.

"Gross pressure has been applied," judge Volodymyr Kampo told journalists, reading from a joint statement. "To guarantee our security we ask to be given state protection."

The statement came a day before the court begins considering the legality of Yushchenko's order earlier this month for the dissolution of parliament and holding of fresh elections.

A majority in parliament has refused to comply and the stand-off has plunged the ex-Soviet republic into a constitutional and political crisis, with large numbers of anti-Yushchenko protestors camping out in central Kiev.

The constitutional court, which has agreed to rule on the dispute at the request of Yanukovych supporters in parliament, is composed of six judges chosen by the president, six chosen by parliament and six by the legal community.

Those speaking out on Tuesday included three Yushchenko appointees, one judge appointed by parliament and one from the legal community.

The deepening power struggle here dates to 2004-2005 when Yanukovych's defeat of Yushchenko in a presidential race was overturned amid huge demonstrations dubbed the Orange Revolution. Yushchenko then won the re-run.

The European Union, Russia and the United States have all voiced concern over the latest tensions in Ukraine.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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