System of justice: Infamous "maidan" judge appointed for life

09:25 Jun. 20, 2016

Infamous "maidan" judge appointed for life

Hammer of justice (Getty Images)

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. 

Read more Ukraine's President dismissed three judges delivering unjustified decisions during Maidan events

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. 

Watch more Family members of killed Euromaidan victims demand justice and prompt trial

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. 

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