KYIV (QHA) -

Verkhovna Rada failed the vote for a Resolution №3581-1 to dismiss Alexander Pirozhenko, a judge of the Court of Appeal of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for breaking the oath, according to a QHA correspondent.

 “I had nothing to do with condemnation of Maidan. I believe that the decision on my suspension is based on my position in Crimea,” the judge said before the MPs began to vote.

A total of 133 voted in favor of the decision on suspension.

The Supreme Council of Justice accused the judge for violation of his obligations and making decisions on the territory that did not fall within the Court’s competence in 2012. Alexander Pirozhenko left Crimea and was appointed a judge in Kiev Vasilkovsky District Court, where he made a decision in a case concerning a mortgage in Kiev.

Speaking in Parliament, Pirozhenko said that he was the only one of the judges of the Crimean Court of Appeal who left the peninsula following the occupation.

September 27, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Paruby calling to convene an extraordinary session of the Parliament not later than September 29. The Parliament  considers "suspension of judges involved in the illegal arrests of the Maidan activists and submitted by the High Council of Justice, for breaking the oath."

Earlier, the Parliamentary party "Opposition Bloc" published a statement, refusing to participate in voting for suspension of judges at the extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada.

QHA