Lawyer Ihor Ihor Lyashenko is the new government attorney, who will be protecting Ukraine's ex-president Viktor Yanukovych in court. Inna Svynarenko, the press secretary of the Obolon district court in Kyiv, said this in her commentary for Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
Lyashenko appeared before the jury as the one appointed by the Regional Centre for Rendering Free Secondary Legal Assistance. The lawyer, the native of Mykolaiv region, southern Ukraine, was granted his license in February 2012.
On October 25, the court suspended Yanukovych’s government attorney Maksym Herasko from the case, charging the Regional Centre for Rendering Free Secondary Legal Assistance to find another lawyer for Yanukovych. The reason was that Herasko simply did not qualify, as he failed to perform his duties.
Since private lawyers refused to work with Yanukovych, the Ukrainian government offered him to work with state attorneys. The first one, Vitaliy Meshechek, worked with the ex-president for a month, before recusing himself from the case. His successor Maksym Herasko repeatedly claimed he had not enough time to look into the case properly.
Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014, as his regime was toppled during the Revolution of Dignity. He has been hiding from justice ever since. Yanukovych is accused of state treason, assistance in waging the aggressive war against Ukraine and changing state borders of this country.