In 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.
Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...See profile for Maya Lester QC >