Re-listing of former Ukrainian PM Azarov was lawful

CJEU1.pngIn January 2016, the EU General Court annulled the 2014 designation of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on the EU’s Ukraine targeted sanctions list, because the only basis for saying that he was “responsible for misappropriating Ukrainian state funds” (like the basis for many other listings) was a letter from Ukraine’s Prosecutor General (dated March 2014), which gave no details of the matters alleged against him or the nature of his alleged responsibility for the misappropriation of assets (previous blog).

In July 2017, the same Court upheld Mr Azarov’s 2015 re-listing because there was now sufficient evidence that he was “subject to criminal proceedings by the Ukrainian authorities for the misappropriation of public funds or assets” (previous blog). The Court has now upheld his 2016 re-listing too (which contained the same statement of reasons as his 2015 re-listing): Azarov v Council T-190/16.

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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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