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ECHR considers Yanukovych's appeal against Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ex-president complains that Ukraine does not look into attempts upon his life, while the ongoing investigation against him takes too much time
22:02, 2 November 2021

Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych
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The European Court for Human Rights began to consider the appeal against Ukraine filed by Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych. In the appeal, the ex-president complains that Ukraine does not look into attempts upon his life, while the ongoing investigation against him takes too much time. This is mentioned in the Court's statement.

In his appeal, Yanukovych also claimed that a number of attempts on his life occurred in 2014. He must have referred to the attack on his motorcade on his way to Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. The convoy crossed five roadblocks; in two cases, the vehicles came under machine gun fire. Besides, Yanukovych stated that another motorcade was attacked by shooters on its way to Crimea. 

"The applicant was not travelling with the motorcades during either of the alleged attacks", reads the document.

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In December 2014, Yanukovych's lawyer turned to state authorities, wondering whether the was opened on the facts of attempts on his client's life. The Interior Ministry and Kyiv regional prosecutor's office replied that no such cases were registered. 

The former president of Ukraine also claimed that the condemning statements of Ukrainian officials breach the presumption of innocence.

The ECHR added that Yanukovych's appeal was filed in October 2015. The Court turned to the Ukrainian government, asking to comment on the complaints stated in this appeal.

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