PACE Standing Committee deprives Agramunt, ex-rapporteur on Ukraine Xuclu of some Assembly rights – Ariev
The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has recognized Pedro Agramunt (Spain) and the former rapporteur for Ukraine Jordi Xucla (Spain) guilty of violating the Code of Conduct, they are deprived of the rights of the Assembly's members, except for the right to vote and the right to initiate resolutions, head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Volodymyr Ariev has said.
"The PACE Standing Committee recognized the Spaniards - ex-President Pedro Agramunt and former rapporteur on Ukraine Jordi Xuclu (both flew on a Russian plane to the Syrian dictator Assad) guilty of a serious violation of the code of conduct due to the corruption scandal associated with Azerbaijan. They are deprived of all the rights provided by the rules of PACE members, except for the right to vote and the right to initiate resolutions," Ariev wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
According to him, such sanctions against Agramunt were introduced for 10 years, against Xuclu - for two years.
At the same time, Ariev told the Yevropeyska Pravda media outlet that the PACE Standing Committee also found guilty of violating the code of conduct the Assembly deputies Cezar Preda and Samad Seyidov.
"All four deputies are deprived of all the rights provided by the rules, except for the right to vote and the right to file draft documents. Sanctions against Agramunt were introduced for 10 years, against the rest for two years," the head of the Ukrainian delegation said.
As reported, the independent investigative body of PACE prepared a report on corruption facts within the structure. The names of Seyidov, co-rapporteurs Stefan Schennach, Cezar Florin Preda, former PACE chairman and co-rapporteur on Azerbaijan Agramunt and others are mentioned in the part devoted to Azerbaijan.