Kyiv Court of Appeal revokes decision on Yanukovych's arrest in absentia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The full text of the ruling will be announced to the participants of the hearing on November 20
16:51, 16 November 2020

Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych

Kyiv Court of Appeal has canceled ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych's arrest in absentia in the Maidan case. The judge stated this during the hearing.

Thus, the ex-president's lawyer Oleksandr Horoshynskyi asked to cancel the decision on arrest in absentia, which was made on May 12, 2020, by the Pechersk district court of Kyiv. The court arrested Yanukovych, citing Article 193 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. According to it, a person can be arrested in absentia if he/she is internationally wanted.

At the hearing of the Court of Appeal, Goroshynskyi's insisted that this rule could not be applied to his client, as his client was only wanted at the national level, but not internationally.

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In response, prosecutors asked to reject the defense's complaints and uphold the decision. They insisted that Yanukovych was on the international wanted list. It was noted that it was not necessary for Interpol to place the suspect in its base in order to be considered internationally wanted.

As a result, the panel of judges partially satisfied the complaints of Yanukovych's lawyers.

The full text of the ruling will be announced to the participants of the hearing on November 20.

As we reported earlier, on November 12, the Supreme Court of Ukraine officially denied ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych a lawsuit for protection of honor and dignity.

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