Part of the exhibits of the collection of Scythian gold, which is now in the Netherlands

The Hague court did not consider the arguments put forward by Ukraine regarding the possible bias of the judge, thorough.

The Hague court of appeal refused Ukraine in the petition for disqualification of a judge hearing a case about the Scythian gold. A decision of the court on Friday, November 1, was published on its website.

We will remind, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine has declared the existence of circumstances that may indicate bias of the judge hearing the case about the Scythian gold, and demanded his removal.

So, according to the Ministry of justice, a judge of the court of Appeal of Amsterdam for several years carried out representation of interests of Russian company Promneftstroy in the case against OAO NK YUKOS in fact defended the interests of the Russian Federation as a major stakeholder in deciding the case in favor of Promneftstroy. Representation of Promneftstroy it was carried out in close cooperation with the lawyers representing the Crimean museums in the case of Scythian gold.

These arguments are not considered significant and on Friday the court of Appeal of the Hague rejected the request of Ukraine about the withdrawal of the judge.

“On the basis of submitted documents and the proceedings at the hearing, the court finds that there were no circumstances that would convincingly testified to the presence of bias,” reads the court’s decision.

Recall that on 14 December 2016 the district court of Amsterdam decided that the exhibits of the Crimean museums to be returned to Ukraine. The decision was rendered on the basis of the UNESCO Convention, according to which artistic values have to be returned to a sovereign state that has provided for their temporary exhibition.

But on March 28, 2017, the court of Appeal of Amsterdam received the appeal from the representatives of the Crimean museums in court decision regarding the Scythian gold. The appeal hearing started on 11 March 2019.

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