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Court puts Medvedchuk under house arrest in new case

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision will be effective until December 7
09:33, 13 October 2021

Viktor Medvedchuk
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Pechersk district court decided to choose the 24/7 house arrest in the new case against Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party and Ukrainian MP. The judges ruled that he is to remain under house arrest until December 7. The respective court session took place on October 12.

Medvedchuk himself claimed that he would carry on to fight the authorities regardless of how much the pressure upon him grows. He added that he would continue to protect the interests of the Ukrainian people together with Opposition Platform - For Life.

"Don't the prosecutors be alarmed. I'm ready for everything, I'll do whatever the law says to, but at that, I'll be still fighting this government, just like I did before - actually, just the way our party used to fight and will ckeep on fighting", Medvedchuk stressed. 

Related: Media for eight months published around 96,900 articles criticizing Ukrainian authorities for illegal persecution of Medvedchuk

Earlier, MP from Opposition Platform - For Life  Renat Kuzmin claimed that the State Bureau of Investigations summoned Medvedchuk - allegedly for him to look into materials of the already closed case on the state treason and violation of the rules and customs of war. At the same time, Kuzmin said, representatives of the Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine attempted to hand the politician a new suspicion of state treason and aiding terrorism. However, Medvedchuk's lawyers did not let the prosecutors do that, breaking the law.

On October 8, the Prosecutor General's Office and the Security Service of Ukraine announced a new suspicion against Medvedchuk, charging him with state treason and aiding terrorism. The new charges are related to the breach of coal supplies from South Africa to Ukraine, and the assistance with coal supplies from the occupied Donbas in 2014.

As we reported, in the first criminal case, Pechersk district court decided to extend the house arrest for Viktor Medvedchuk until October 31.

Related: New case aims to shut the opposition's mouth but the government will fail, - Medvedchuk

Earlier, on February 20, the National Security and Defense Council imposed sanctions on eight people (three of them Ukrainians), including Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Opposition Platform for Life Political Council, and his wife, Oksana Marchenko..

On February 26, journalists of the TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel - Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK channels. However, within an hour after the start of broadcasting, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was illegally turned off under pressure from the authorities.

Earlier, on February 20, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions against 8 individuals and 19 legal entities. Among them are three Ukrainian citizens - the politician Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko and the common-law wife of the owner of the NewsOne, ZIK, and 112 Ukraine channels, Taras Kozak, Natalya Lavreniuk.

On May 13, Kyiv court chose the restriction measure for Viktor Medvedchuk, the opposition MP and Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. On July 9, the court extended the house arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk until September 7. The lawyers of the politician stated about the recusal of the judge Serhiy Vovk right after the end of the court session. However, the court declined the appeal on recusal of the judge and prosecutor. On July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal refused to satisfy the appeal op the lawyers of Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk against the extension of the politician's house arrest until September 7.

The Opposition Platform - For Life responded to this legal arbitrariness, stressing that the political persecution of MP Taras Kozak has only one purpose: reprisals against independent media, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, and the destruction of freedom of speech in Ukraine. 

Commenting on the situation, Viktor Medvedchuk emphasized that his lawyers were fully prepared to appeal against the measure of restraint and they have evidence that refutes the prosecution's accusation and prove the illegality of applying house arrest to him.

Thus, the defense filed an appeal against the decision of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv on extension of the measure of restraint for the politician. However, on July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal denied it, despite the defeat of all the arguments of the prosecution.

Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts and world media have criticized Zelensky's decree to shut down 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels.

The defense filed an appeal against the decision of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv on the extension of the measure of restraint for the politician. However, on July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal denied it, despite the defeat of all the arguments of the prosecution.

Related: Medvedchuk: Authorities only want to sweep under carpet serious problems that Ukraine is facing

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