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Ukraine court delays political crisis hearing after judges alledge intimidation

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Ukraine court delays political crisis hearing after judges alledge intimidation

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As tens of thousands of protestors loyal to the Ukrainian Prime Minister continue to rally in the streets of Kiev, the constitutional court, due to start hearings on the country’s political crisis, has announced a delay.

The demonstrators had planned for a march of hundreds of thousands of people on Wednesday.

But the court has now decided to meet on Tuesday April 17th instead, after five of the 18 judges complained of political intimidation.

The judges said they were receiving personal threats and wanted bodyguards appointed before they would discuss the matter.

The two protagonists have met again.
President Viktor Yushchenko is refusing to withdraw his Presidential decree calling for the dissolution of Parliament and new elections on May 27th.

He maintains the government has acted unconstitutionally in an apparent bid to reduce his powers.

At the urging of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the Ukrainian parliament has continued to pass acts since the April 2nd decree, including a bar on financing for any election.

But the President says any decisions taken now are irrelevant.

In a bid to cool the rising tempers on the streets the Prime Minister had called for a swift decision by the contituitional court into whether the presidential decree was legal.