09:25 Jun. 20, 2016
During the maidan revolution, the judge Volodymyr Melnychuk forbade mass protests in the capital's center
The Highly Qualified Commission of Judges of Ukraine (VKKS) decided that Volodymyr Melnychuk is qualified to remain a judge for life. After the revolution, in September 2014, the judge together with colleagues Sanin and Lichevetsky with the same views were fired and accused of oath-breaking.
Yet, after two years of appellations, now the High Commission says the judges committed no crime and fulfill the three criteria of a true judge: competence, fairness, and ethics of conduct.
Three members of the Commission did not agree and wrote their separate opinion. They mention that these judges' decisions to prohibit peaceful manifestations in December 2013 had extremely grave consequences. Actions of thousands of people were considered illegal. It contradicted protesters' understanding of justice and ruined their hopes to enjoy their rights through non-violent methods.