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Ukraine’s parliament on Monday sacked six judges it had previously appointed to the Constitutional Court, saying that they had violated their oath in ruling against the country’s 2004 constitution.

KIEV, February 24 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s parliament on Monday sacked six judges it had previously appointed to the Constitutional Court, saying that they had violated their oath in ruling against the country’s 2004 constitution.

The parliament asked prosecutors to begin a criminal investigation into the judges.

The Constitutional Court comprises 18 judges, appointed equally by the president, the parliament and the Congress of Judges.

The parliament said that acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and the Congress of Judges should also dismiss the remaining judges.

In 2010, during ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s term, the court overturned the 2004 constitution, which had been introduced under his predecessor, President Viktor Yushchenko, to limit presidential powers and shift authority to parliament.

The reinstatement of the 2004 constitution was a key demand of the anti-government protesters who rallied in Kiev for three months against Yanukovych.

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