Yushchenko asks court to cancel decision to strip Bandera, Shukhevych off hero titles

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Sept. 1, 2011, 1:59 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko speakS to media after he testified against his 2004 Orange Revolution partner, ex premier Yulia Tymoshenko in her abuse of office trial outside the Pecherskiy District Court building in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court of Ukraine with a request that it cancel a ruling by the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine, which upheld decisions by lower courts to declare illegal his decrees conferring the Hero of Ukraine titles to Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych. "We are asking the court to cancel the ruling by the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine. We want to repeal the decision on the Shukhevych case and the Bandera case, and we want the cases to be submitted for repeat consideration," Yuschenko's lawyer, Viacheslav Martyniuk, told Interfax-Ukraine.

He noted that under the law, a complaint could be filed at the Supreme Court through the Higher Administrative Court.

"Under the procedure, the Higher Administrative Court now has to decide whether to send the application to the Supreme Court, which may cancel the decision and submit it for repeat consideration," he said.

As reported, on August 2, 2011, the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine threw out appeals by Yuschenko and Yuriy Shukhevych, the son of the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Roman Shukhevych, against a ruling of Donetsk Administrative Court of Appeals declaring illegal a presidential decree conferring the Hero of Ukraine title to the elder Shukhevych.

On the same day, the Higher Administrative Court upheld a ruling of Donetsk District Court of April 2, 2010 and a ruling of Donetsk Administrative Court of Appeals of June 23, 2010 that declared illegal a decree by Yuschenko dated January 20, 2010 conferring the Hero of Ukraine title to the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Stepan Bandera.
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