Ukraine court hearing on dissolution decree delayed by protesters Brett Murphy at 7:38 AM ET
[JURIST] Protests delayed a Wednesday Ukrainian Constitutional Court hearing to determine the legality of the April 2 decree [text; Yushchenko statement] by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] that ordered parliament dissolved and new elections held. Riot police were called in to control the nearly 4,000 protesters who appeared outside the courthouse to show support for the president, and to allow the judges access to the courthouse. The hearing eventually commenced with only 15 of the 18 judges present after a delay of almost a full hour.
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