2019-03-27 17:57:00

Kiev court throws out claim re president lacking powers to seek tomos from Constantinople

Kiev, March 27, Interfax - A district administrative court in Kiev has rejected a legal claim filed by a civic organization which raised the issue of the Ukrainian president lacking the powers to ask Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to grant the Orthodox Church of Ukraine a tomos of autocephaly.

On March 26, the court completed hearings of the lawsuit filed by the "Nongovernmental Organization the Rule of Law" against the president regarding him not having the authority to interfere with the Church's and religious affairs, in this case by signing and sending the request to the ecumenical patriarch to grant the tomos to Ukraine, which was subsequently supported by a relevant parliamentary resolution, the court's press service said on Tuesday.

"Having considered the case files, researched the evidence, and established that the plaintiff chose the wrong type of redress, the court has refused to satisfy the lawsuit," the statement said.

The ruling will take effect once the appeal period expires, provided that no party files an appeal.