Wednesday, May 30, 2007

President´s Rewording Places at Risk Accord Whilst Undermining the Independence of Ukraine´s Judicary

Ukraine´s President, Viktor Yushenko, has unilaterally reworded the agreement, placing at risk the accord agreed to last week. Concern expúressed that the Presidnet continues to interfer with the independenace and activities of Ukraine´s Constitutuional Court

Party of Regions warns Yushchenko team it could kill deal

KYIV. May 30 (Interfax) - The Party of Regions of Ukraine may withdraw its signature from an agreement with the president, prime minister, and the parliamentary speaker if the president continues to interfere in the activity of courts and law enforcement authorities, the party warned in a statement circulated on Tuesday evening.

"We deem it necessary to point out that, if the president's team continues revising the provisions of the 'statement by the three', the Party of Regions intends to insist that the party leader annul his signature on the common statement," it said

In line with Clause 7 of the statement signed by the president, the Verkhovna Rada chairman, and the prime minister on May 27, "the sides commit themselves not to overstep their authority by interfering in the activity of the judicial bodies and law enforcement agencies."

The Party of Regions said the State Security Guard Service put pressure on Constitutional Court justices and in fact paralyzed the court's work. In particular, the party said that the chief of this service stayed at the acting Constitutional Court chairman's consulting room and obstructed his work for more than two hours.

The Party of Regions also accused the presidential secretariat of attempts to revise the joint statement's provisions by trying to pressure general jurisdiction courts to legitimize the president's decrees dismissing Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun and a number of Constitutional Court justices and taking control of the Interior Forces. va md