Supreme Court overturned lustration of Samsin, former HJQC chairman

The Supreme Court overturned the decision to release Ihor Samsin, former chairman of the High Judicial Qualifications Commission of Ukraine from the post of judge of the Supreme Court of Ukraine and declared it unlawful to apply the Law of Ukraine “On government purge” to it.

This was reported by the press service of the Supreme Court.

This conclusion was reached by the Supreme Court in the panel of judges of the Cassation Administrative Court, having considered on September 18, 2018 the case on the suit of Ihor Samsin to the High Council of Justice on recognition of the unlawful and annulment of the decision.

The court noted that lustration can only be used to eliminate or substantially reduce the threat posed by the subject of lustration, to create a viable free democracy by using the subject’s official position to violate human rights or block the democratization process.

In April 2017, the High Council of Justice dismissed Ihor Samsin, judge of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, for violating the requirements for inconsistency.