Supreme Council of Justice authorizes arrest of judge for first time

The Supreme Council of Justice has granted a motion by the Prosecutor General's Office to detain Judge of the Suvorov district court of Odesa Kostiantyn Bobovskyi.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Hromadske, Bobovskyi is suspected of extortion and intention to obtain undue profit at the expense of the participants in a case that he conducts.

The prosecution seeks remand against Bobrovskyi amid fears he can put pressure on witnesses and use ties in law enforcement agencies to avoid justice.

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In addition, concerns have been raised the suspect can distort or destroy evidence and put pressure on the judges who conduct the case. A probability of Bobovskyi fleeing abroad has also been reported.

This is the first time when the Supreme Council of Justice has considered the issue of granting consent for the detention of a judge, since before the start of country's judicial reform the issue of removing the inviolability of judges had rested with the Verkhovna Rada.

The Supreme Council of Justice started functioning on Jan. 12, 2017, and this is the first case regarding consent to arrest a judge referred by the prosecutor's office.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n431659