Manafort’s defense asks to move hearing of his case out of Washington

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such offer was put forward in advance of the second trial over Manafort connected to his activity in Ukraine
13:02, 29 August 2018

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The defense of American political consultant and former leader of Donald Trump's election campaign Paul Manafort claimed about the intention to ask the court to move the hearing of his case out of Washington as Reuters reported.

The issue is about the second trial over Manafort connected to his activity in Ukraine. The lawyers are concerned that the jury-democrats will be prejudiced against Manafort who worked with the representatives of the Republican Party at the last election.

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At the same time, the consultant of the jury questioned by the agency confirmed that such demands on the move of the hearing are rarely satisfied.

As we reported President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. After a 16-day trial Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.

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Manafort faces a maximum of 80 years in prison. He faces a second criminal trial next month in Washington on seven other charges brought by the special counsel, including obstruction of justice, failure to register as a foreign agent and conspiracy to launder money.

Paul Manafort is charged with laundering money and evading taxes over ten years of cooperation with former Ukrainian leaders. Previously, an investigation team released over 300 documents, which reveal the details of Manafort's cooperation with the currently disbanded Party of Regions - the-then pro-presidential and ruling political force in Ukraine.

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