The court of appeals has released from custody the ex-Minister of justice of Ukraine Oleksandr Lavrynovych, who was arrested in the case on “the constitutional coup of 2010”, reports on Wednesday, the UNIAN news Agency.
Earlier the court arrested Lavrynovych until November 2. Ex-defense Minister said that he will appeal the chosen measure of restraint.
“The court of appeal dismissed Lavrynovych from-under guards”, — stated in the message.
Lavrynovych informed the Prosecutor’s office officially informed that he is a suspect in a criminal case “on the constitutional coup of 2010”, when the constitutional court of Ukraine returned to the presidential-parliamentary form of government, by extending the powers of the President. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko stated that the status of the suspect in this case also has the ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. According to the Prosecutor General, Lavrynovych and Yanukovych jointly with other persons made a “seizure of state power” illegally change the Constitution.
In mid-2010, 252 deputies (Party of regions and its allies in the Parliament) sent to the constitutional court of Ukraine the request with a demand to cancel the constitutional reform of 2004. So they wanted to restore the presidential-parliamentary form of government that would expand the powers of Yanukovych.
In September 2010, the constitutional court supported the initiative of the Party of regions and the Constitution back in 1996. This happened in spite of the law, as under the Constitution of Ukraine, changes in the text can only be taken by Parliament, that is required to hold a vote on two sessions with observance of all procedures (in particular, according to the revision of the Basic law and 1996, and 2004, is required to change the Constitution voted “constitutional majority” of 300 votes). In 2014 the Verkhovna Rada overturned the decision, returning the Constitution of 2004.