“Manafort spoke for the first time in court during the trial, saying he will not testify. Manafort told Judge T.S. Ellis that he would not testify during a brief questioning at the podium before the jury was brought in the room. Manafort is not required to testify because of his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Ellis made this clear during his brief conversation with Manafort,” the message says.
According to the law, Manafort has a right to remain silent and do not testify.
“In some ways, it wasn't a surprise that Manafort didn't testify on his own behalf. Any statements he made in court could be used against him in other trials -- including his upcoming trial in Washington, DC, on foreign lobbying violations. The trial, which is expected to begin in mid-September, will be tried by some of the same prosecutors handling the current case in Northern Virginia,” the news agency reads.
Earlier, the trial of Manafort began in the US on July 31. He is accused of laundering money and evading taxes for almost 10 years of cooperation with the former leadership of Ukraine.
The investigation believes that Manafort earned more than $ 60 million for the work of the political consultant in Ukraine, but officially he declared 14 million dollars in revenues for 2010-2014.
Earlier, the investigation team presented more than 300 documents that reveal the details of cooperation between Manafort and the Party of Regions and the "Opposition Bloc".