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Batkivschyna says stripping Vlasenko of mandate illegal, expects objective verdict from ECHR

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March 19, 2013, 12:02 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

A Ukrainian court stripped Serhiy Vlasenko of his seat in parliament on March 7, prompting criticism from the European Union which considers his case politically motivated.
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The Central Election Commission, in its decision regarding the annulment of Serhiy Vlasenko's parliamentary mandate, has confirmed the illegality of the decision that was earlier taken by the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine, the Batkivschyna Party has reported.

"The pro-government part of the Central Election Commission on March 18 declared elected and registered another MP instead of Serhiy Vlasenko. Thus the CEC finalized and shared the responsibility for the earlier unlawful and unconstitutional decision of the Higher Administrative Court, which deprived Serhiy Vlasenko of his parliamentary powers," the party said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The party said that it was impossible to find justice in the CEC in its current composition and in the Ukrainian courts, which "are fully controlled by the customers of political punishment of opposition figures."

"That is why a complaint was drafted and submitted to the European Court of Human Rights against the HACU's decision on the case of Vlasenko, and Batkivschyna expects its rapid and objective consideration. We're confident that decisions in this case and in other complaints that were submitted to the ECHR by [former Prime Minister] Yulia Tymoshenko and (former Interior Minister) Yuriy Lutsenko will finally stop that lawlessness that is happening in Ukraine," the party said.

As reported, on March 18, 2013, the CEC registered Roman Stadniychuk of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Union and Oleksandr Kozub of the Regions Party as people's deputies in place of Andriy Verevsky and Serhiy Vlasenko, whose parliamentary mandates had been annulled by a ruling of the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine due to the fact that these two MPs combined their parliamentary work with business activities.

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