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ECHR opens proceedings on Medvedchuk's suit against Ukraine on illegal detention under house arrest

Source : 112 Ukraine

The European Court of Human Rights will consider Medvedchuk's case earlier than Ukraine’s one
19:37, 3 August 2021

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European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) opened proceedings on the lawsuit of the Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk against Ukraine regarding the illegal keeping of an opposition politician under house arrest.

This was announced by the MP from the Opposition Platform - For Life Renat Kuzmin on his Facebook page.

"I am publishing an official letter of the ECHR on the opening of proceedings on Medvedchuk's lawsuit against Ukraine. As you can see, the case on the illegal keeping of Medvedchuk under house arrest and other gross violations of his fundamental rights and freedoms can be considered by the court in the near future as a priority litigation proceeding," Kuzmin wrote.

According to him, the European Court will consider Medvedchuk's suit earlier than Ukraine’s one, and "a decision in Viktor Medvedchuk’s favor could become the basis for the resignation of the Prosecutor General and the start of the impeachment of the president."

ECHR opens proceedings on Medvedchuk's suit
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On February 2, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on the imposition of sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels. According to the decree, which came into force from the moment of signing, sanctions were applied to TV channels for five years. This provides for blocking the broadcasting of all three TV channels.

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 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.

On May 13, the Pechersk district court put the Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition - For Life Medvedchuk under house arrest.

The Opposition Platform -For Life party responded to this legal willfulness and declared that such actions of the authorities were an open and cynical political reprisal against an opposition politician who, with his principled position, reveals the unprofessionalism, venality, and anti-popular nature of the authorities.

Commenting on the situation, Viktor Medvedchuk stressed that his lawyers are fully prepared for the process of appealing against the measure of restraint and they have evidence that refutes the prosecution's charges and prove the illegality of putting him under house arrest.

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

Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts, and the world media criticized Zelensky's decree on the closure of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK.

Over the past four months, the world media, European politicians, and experts have published more than 70,000 materials on the persecution of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities.

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