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Yanukovych claim to EU Court: Ukraine to pay legal costs

Yanukovych claim to EU Court: Ukraine to pay legal costsAs Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych lodged a claim with the European Court for Human Rights, he also demands Ukraine pay additional legal costs, according to Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, a UK-based law firm representing Yanukovych in court.

“Following the Ukrainian authorities’ failed attempt to intervene in President Yanukovych’s application to the General Court of the EU for sanctions to be lifted, that Court has ruled that Ukraine must pay President Yanukovych’s legal costs,” reads the company’s press release.

Yanukovych’s defense noted that the defendant started proceedings for the annulment of sanctions in May 2014.

“Four months later the Ukrainian authorities applied to the General Court of the EU for permission to intervene in the annulment case. President Yanukovych opposed that application. Subsequently in December 2014 the Ukrainian authorities informed the Court that they were withdrawing their application. Following an application made by President Yanukovych’s legal team, the General Court ruled in March 2015 that Ukraine must pay the costs incurred by President Yanukovych opposing the Ukrainian authorities’ attempt to intervene in the annulment proceedings,” the statement reads.

Joe Hage of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, President Yanukovych’s UK lawyer, said: “This is an important ruling. President Yanukovych is challenging sanctions which were imposed by the EU on the basis of false criminal allegations made by the Ukraine regime, which he vigorously denies. The Ukraine regime’s attempt to intervene in the EU sanctions proceedings was politically motivated and misguided. President Yanukovych was right to resist this, and now Ukraine must pay his legal costs. We continue to move forward with our application to have the sanctions against President Yanukovych annulled.”

Earlier Yanukovych appealed in the European Court of Human Rights claiming Ukraine had violated his rights.

Source: UNIAN
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