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Kyiv court arrests Yanukovych for two months in absentia, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court made a decision to arrest Yanukovych on the case of ‘usurpation of power’
22:19, 4 May 2020

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In Kyiv, a court made a decision on arrest in absentia of fugitive former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych for two months as lawyer of the ex-president Vitaliy Serdyuk reported.

The issue is about the case of ‘usurpation of power’. The defense intends to appeal.

Serdyuk believes that ‘the decision on the choice of the restrictive measure for Viktor Yanukovych in case of amendment of the Constitution of Ukraine is based on the material fabricated by the prosecutor’s office and it is illegal’.

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On May 13, Viktor Yanukovych is summoned for questioning due to non-appearance as the State Bureau of Investigation reported.

“Due to the non-appearance on April 30, 2020, in accordance with the demands of the Criminal Procedural Code, we summon Viktor F. Yanukovych born on July 7, 1950, repeatedly at 15:00, May 13, 2020, to the prosecutor of the third unit of the Department on the investigation of criminal offenses committed by the military, Chief investigative department of the State Bureau Investigation A.A. Berest to obtain procedural status and holding ff proper investigative and procedural actions at the criminal proceeding #62019000000000046,” the message said.

According to the State register of trial decision, such a criminal proceeding was opened on February 2, 2019, dye to state treason and complicity.

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

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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