Yanukovych notes political pressure on Ukraine's judicial system

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March 31, 2010, 1:01 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has said that there has recently been political pressure put on the country's judicial system. "Political pressure has negatively influenced the work of the judicial system and, unfortunately, some judges yield to this pressure," the president said during a meeting with the Higher Council of Justice on Tuesday at the Presidential Administration.

The president described this as evidence of "corruption" that must be eradicated. At the same time, Yanukovych noted that he would not like to see judges being humiliated.

"But there is such evidence [of corruption] and we must take it into account," the head of the state said.

Yanukovych also noted cases in which some courts "made clearly wrong rulings."

According to the president, the judges who made these rulings must not remain in the judicial system. Yanukovych also said he hoped that new members of the Higher Council of Justice would be able to protect themselves from political pressure.
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Anonymous March 31, 2010, 1:55 p.m.    

This is a joke and a means to replace any judges who arent lap dogs for the PR or russia ,,,,,!!!!!!

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Anonymous March 31, 2010, 2:11 p.m.    

Was it not Party of Regions deputees who occupied by violence a Kievian court a few days before election to make pressure on the judges?

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Anonymous March 31, 2010, 4:51 p.m.    

This is the most corrupt figure (he is not a President of Ukraine by legal means). Everything about this man is BS, fraud, cheating and manipulations -- from his criminal records that misteriously dissapeared, to his &quot;education&quot;, to his *victory* in Elections.........He doesn't even have smarts to make his unticonstitutional coup and forcing dictatorship upon Ukraine less obvious.

The Wall Street Journal: ***If Mr. Yanukovych keeps on making anti-democratic mistakes, he could very well provoke a second Orange Revolution. But this time the demonstrators would consist of democrats, students, and workers. The prospect of growing instability will do little to attract foreign investors, while declining legitimacy, growing incompetence, and tub thumping will fail to modernize Ukraine's industry, agriculture, and education. Mr. Yanukovych could very well be an even greater failure as president than Mr. Yushchenko.***

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