The Constitutional Court of Ukraine reacted to the decree of the President of the country Volodymyr Zelensky on the dismissal of the head of the Constitutional Court, Oleksandr Tupitsky, due to suspicions of bribing a witness and giving deliberately false testimony.
“From a constitutional and legal point of view, the decree of the President of Ukraine is legally null and void and cannot be enforced, since it was issued by the President of Ukraine in excess of his constitutional powers,” the commentary on the court’s portal emphasizes.
The court considered that Tupitsky should continue to work, since the president does not have the authority to remove him. In addition, Zelenskiy was informed that his actions may entail legal liability provided for by law.
Some experts and representatives of the parliamentary faction “Opposition Platform – For Life” came to the conclusion that the signing of the decree on the removal of the head of the Constitutional Court may become a reason for impeachment.
In turn, the representative of the Ukrainian president in the Constitutional Court, Fedor Venislavsky, said that the removal of Alexander Tupitsky was a forced step so that he could not interfere with the pre-trial investigation. At the moment, Tupitsky cannot act as a judge or chairman of the Constitutional Court, Venislavsky stressed. His words are quoted on the portal of the president’s office.
The head of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree a day earlier on the removal of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, Oleksandr Tupitsky, from office for two months.
Let us remind you that at the end of October the Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled that some of the norms of the law “On the prevention of corruption” do not correspond to the country’s constitution. According to the chairman of the Constitutional Court Alexander Tupitsky, this document “has signs of a constitutional coup.”
Thereafter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused the Constitutional Court of trying to carry out counter-revolution. He stated that the Ukrainian leadership is systematically faced with attempts to “nullify the progress made in the fight against corruption.” Zelenskiy also called on the head of the Constitutional Court to resign in order to resolve the crisis over the court’s decision on anti-corruption reform.