Court upholds re-listings of former Ukrainian President Yanukovych, his son & Mr Klyuyev

CJEU1The General Court has annulled the 2014 listings of former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, his son Oleksandr Yanukovych and former Head of Administration of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Klyuyev, on the EU’s sanctions freezing the assets of people said to have misappropriated Ukrainian state funds. However, the Court upheld their 2015 listings as subsequently amended by the EU Council, so they remain subject to sanctions. The judgments are here: T-340/14 Klyuyev, T-346/14 Viktor Yanukovych and T-348/14 Oleksandr Yanukovych.

The Court annulled the original listings in 2014, which had stated that they were “subject to investigation in Ukraine…for the embezzlement of Ukrainian state funds”, for the same reason as all the Court’s previous Ukraine judgments (see eg previous blog here); the listings were only based on a letter from Ukraine’s prosecutor stating that investigations had been opened into a number of former senior officials to establish the misappropriation of public funds, but said nothing about what each individual was accused of. The amended reasons in 2015 said they were “subject to criminal proceedings” by the Ukrainian authorities for the “misappropriation of public funds or assets”, and the letter they had been based on had contained sufficient detail for the Court now to say that the listing criteria were fulfilled. The applicants raised a number of other grounds of challenge (legal basis, rights of defence, proportionality etc) that were also all rejected.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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