Court fails to choose pre-trial restriction for Yanukovych

Source : 112 Ukraine

The defense team of former president of Ukraine did not show up on the session on December 10. The ex-leader is sentenced to 13 years behind the bars - in absentia
13:03, 11 December 2020

Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych
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On December 10, Kyiv's Pechersk district court failed to make the decision on choosing the pre-trial restriction for Viktor Yanukovych; as is known, the former president of Ukraine is the defendant in the Maidan case. Interfax-Ukraine reported that on December 11.

Yanukovych's defense did not show up on the session on December 10. The ex-president's interests were represented by the lawyer who was appointed by the court.

The lawyer claimed a number of petitions, demanding to put off the court session so that he could look into the case materials (33 volumes), meet with Yanukovych in Russia and to solve the situation with his defense team that was absent. 

The court refused to grant the motion; then, the appointed lawyer appealed to the court, demanding to disqualify the investigative judge. The jury took a break to solve the problem. 

Related: Kyiv Court of Appeal revokes decision on Yanukovych's arrest in absentia

The parties will be informed about the new date and time of the court session.

Currently, the court looks into the case of mass murder of Euromaidan activists in February 2014. Yanukovych is the defendant in this case; he and Vitaliy Zakharchenko (the-then Interior Minister) are charged with organization of murders, physical assault and otehr crimes of law enforcers against Euromaidan participants. In January 2019, the Ukrainian court sentenced Yanukovych to 13 years behind the bars. The judges considered him guilty of state treason and assistance in waging aggressive war against Ukraine.

Related: Yanukovych has no right to participate in court session, - prosecutor


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