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Yanukovych’s lawyer to summon 80 witnesses
12:39, 4 May 2017
Yanukovych’s lawyer to summon 80 witnesses

Today the court is hearing the case of treason against former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych

12:39, 4 May 2017

TASS

The defense of the former Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych intends to file requests to summon 80 winesses in the treason case. Vitaly Serdyuk, the lawyer of Viktor Yanukovych, reported that during his briefing after today’s preparatory court hearing.

“The defense has prepared the number of requests. We will request questioning 80 witnesses in the case. I think their testimonies will be of people’s interest in the part of what was going on in the Crimea in 2014 and who has to bear responsibility for the situation with the Crimea. Some witnesses are on the territory of Ukraine, some of them are in Russia,” he said.

As it was reported earlier, the Obolon district court of Kyiv is hearing the case of treason against former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych today. 

The Obolon district court of Kyiv gave the permission to videoconference the fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych during the preparatory hearing of treason case against him.

The judge panel includes the presiding judge Vladyslava Devyatko, the judge Dmytro Kambulov and Maksym Tytov.

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The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine accused Viktor Yanukovych of high treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and in covering the aggressive war that the Russian Federation has unleashed against our country.

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Viktor Yanukovych served as the president of Ukraine in 2010-2014. He was ousted during the anti-government protests, known as the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Back then, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country; the ex-Ukrainian leader has been residing in Russia ever since. The Ukrainian government repeatedly demanded that Yanukovych be repatriated, but Russia refused. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine charges Yanukovych of state treason, supporting Russian officials responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as waging aggressive war. 

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