Court extends house arrest for Medvedchuk until September 7

Source : 112 Ukraine

The session took place on Friday morning
10:14, 9 July 2021

Medvedchuk in court, July 2021

Pechersk district court of Kyiv has prolonged the house arrest for Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. Judge Serhiy Vovk decided that the term will be extended until July 7. 

The session took place on Friday morning. Ut began with the appeal of the politician's lawyers who asked to dismiss the prosecutor and investigating judge. The court declined that appeal.

Earlier, Office of the Prosecutor General extended the term of pre-trial investigation in Medvedchuk's case until November 11.

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On May 13, Pechersk district court chose the restriction measure for the politician. He faced the round-the-clock house arrest and had to put an ankle bracelet on.

Medvedchuk himself claimed there were no legal grounds to extend the investigation and the restriction measure.

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The day before, on July 8, the court decided to extend the investigation term in the case of Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party.

First Deputy Prosecutor General Roman Hovda breached the law, having failed to submit in time a motion to extend the investigation period in the case of Viktor Medvedchuk.

Viktor Medvedchuk's defense filed motions for the recusation of the prosecutor and the judge, but they were refused. The Opposition Platform - For Life called the judge’s actions politically motivated and noted that he was acting on the orders of Bankova.

Conditions in the courtroom were close to torture - temperature +31 and high carbon dioxide content.

Viktor Medvedchuk said that there are no grounds for continuing his case and extending the measure of restraint.

He also said that since 2019, the authorities have been purposefully discrediting the Opposition Platform - For Life party. The situation worsened at the beginning of 2021, when Opposition Platform - For Life came out on top in all sociological ratings. Medvedchuk also noted that the government attracted nationalist groups to intimidate the party. More than 80 attacks on Opposition Platform - For Life activists have been recorded.

The authorities also closed three TV channels - 112 Ukraine, Newsone and Zik. The report of UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine which covers the period from February 1 to April 30 called such a decision by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky contradictory to international human rights standards.

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