The Prosecutor’ Office of Ukraine recognized «people’s councils» unlawful

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine announced the newly created «people’s councils» outside the law. «The facts of approvals by local self-government of illegal decisions become wide spread recently, which bear a direct threat to constitutional system. Firstly, local self-government bodies and individual groups of persons made illegal decisions about establishment of people’s councils, as bodies, which were allegedly delegated with power authority. More than 50 such decisions were approved,» the head of the Main Directorate for Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and Interests of the State, Corruption and Crime Control in the Sphere of Transport of the Prosecutor General’s Office Irina Zarubinskaya noted during the briefing in Kiev.

According to her, illegal decisions were recorded in Volyn, Zhytomir, Zakarpatie, Ivano-Frankovsk, Lvov, Rovno, Ternopol and Chernovtsy regions.

«I emphasize that establishment of such bodies is not stipulated neither by the Constitution nor by laws of Ukraine,» Zarubinskaya noted.

«Deputies of local councils of all levels (village as well as region ones) in 17 regions of the state made decisions abusing their authority. In particular, there were made illegal decisions about termination of work of individual political parties, creation of people’s self-defense detachments, and it was even decided to dissolve the parliament,» she stressed.

The head of the Main Directorate of the Prosecutor General’s Office Irina Zarubinskaya informed that public prosecutor’s offices revealed 26 decisions of the bodies of local self-government about establishment of such formations as «people’s self-defense.»

«Their work is not provided by legislation of Ukraine, therefore, they do not have any authority, more over authority delegated to them by the state. Legislation of Ukraine openly prohibits creation of military or other armed formations that are not provided by law on the territory of Ukraine,» the prosecutor explained.

According to Irina Zarubinskaya, the Criminal Code of Ukraine stipulates responsibility for creation of such militarized detachments.

«Correspondingly, according to requirements of the law, work of all the mentioned decisions of the local self-government bodies about the so-called «people’s councils» and sub-units of the «people’s self-defense» according to the applications of prosecutors was stopped by courts,» the prosecutor added.
According to the article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, establishment of militarized formations, not provided by laws of Ukraine, or participation in their work is punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of two to five years. Establishment of armed formations, not provided by laws of Ukraine, or participation in their work is punishable by deprivation of liberty for a period of three to eight years. Management of such formations, financing and supplying them with weapons is punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of five to ten years.

Елизавета Будько


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