Ex-head of financial service markets regulator Volha gets new lawyer

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Aug. 26, 2011, 12:22 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Former Head of the State Commission for Financial Service Markets Regulation and leader of the Union of Left Forces Vasyl Volha, who is charged with bribe taking, will get a new defense counsel - Yevhen Solodko starting from next week. Solodko will replace lawyer Oleh Korol, who was removed from the defense of Volha by Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on Aug. 1, the Union of Left Forces party's press service reported on Wednesday.

Volha was detained on July 19. Pechersky District Court in Kyiv ruled to place him in custody for two months as a pre-trial restriction measure.

Volha is charged with accepting a $500,000 bribe.
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Anonymous Aug. 27, 2011, 12:08 a.m.    

How can the court decide to remove who is appomted to represnet the defendent,

Ukraine's Constitution states:

Article 59

Everyone has the right to legal assistance. Such assistance is provided free of charge in cases envisaged by law. Everyone is free to choose the defender of his or her rights.

In Ukraine, the advocacy acts to ensure the right to a defence against accusation and to provide legal assistance in deciding cases in courts and other state bodies.

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