KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 17 — On April 16, the High Council of Justice decided to dismiss a judge of the Balakliia District Court of the Kharkiv Oblast, who was accused of treason, reported the press service of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office.

On March 13, the Second Disciplinary Chamber of the High Council of Justice submitted a motion to dismiss the man from his position. The judge was suspended until the Council decides on dismissal or cancellation.

A judge from Balakliia is accused of treason. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the man is currently in the territory of the Russian Federation and is wanted.

According to the investigation, the head of the District Court left Balakliia for then-occupied Kupiansk in April 2022. There, he became “acting deputy head of the department — head of the legal support department” in the Russian occupation administration. 

The man also provided legal advice on Russian legislation and encouraged citizens to collaborate with the Russian authorities.

According to the head of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, Oleksandr Filchakov, since the start of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, more than 1,000 people in the Kharkiv Oblast have been served with a notice of suspicion in proceedings over treason, collaboration, and dissemination of information about the movement of the Armed Forces.

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