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Fugitive president Yanukovych wants to come back to Ukraine

His lawyer stress that Yanukovych does not have Russian citizenship
08:09, 21 March 2019

Viktor Yanukovych, ex-President of Ukraine (February 25, 2010 – February 22, 2014)
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Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych wants to come back to Ukraine, as his lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk said at the meeting of Kyiv Obolonsky Court, RBK-Ukraine reports.

Presiding judge Vladyslav Devyatko noted that Yanukovych was sentenced to imprisonment, the verdict has no time-bar.

“If the court of appeal finds the sentence legal and reasonable, you might propose Yanukovych to come to Ukraine voluntary and serve the sentence of 13 years,” Devyatko noted.

Related: Court refuses to correct verdict on Yanukovych’s state treason

Serdyuk stressed that appeals have been filed already.

“Appeals against the sentence of Obolon Court were filed. He is in Russia temporarily. Yes, he intends to come back to Ukraine,” he stated and stressed that Yanukovych did not have Russian citizenship.

It was also noted that the court refused to explain the points of the verdict to the defense.

As we reported earlier, Yuriy Ryabovol, the state lawyer of Viktor Yanukovych, has filed the appeal against the sentence of Obolon District Court on the state treason case of the ex-president.

Related: Yanukovych’s deprived apartment put up for rent, - Asset Recovery and Management Agency

On February 26, Ukraine's court reported that five appeals were filed against the verdict for ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.

On March 5, Kyiv Court of Appeal returned the case of the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Kyiv Obolon Court to correct the mistakes and explanation of the verdict.

The court found Yanukovych guilty of addressing the Russian President Putin and asking him to deploy troops in Ukraine.

Related: EU extends sanctions against Yanukovych, his allies for another year

Besides, the court sentenced Yanukovych to 13 years of the detention for the state treason and complicity in the holding of the aggressive war against Ukraine by the Russian Federation.

Yanukovych was charged with state treason, assistance in deliberate actions against Ukraine’s state border, sovereignty and territorial integrity and assistance in leading the aggressive war against Ukraine.  

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