The Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party, Viktor Medvedchuk said that the authorities' actions are aimed at limiting his powers as a lawmaker and opposition politician. He expressed such opinion during a break in the hearing of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv, which is considering a motion to extend the measure of restraint to the parliamentarian.
"Today, the prosecution is demonstrating a position aiming to extend the terms of the investigation in order to limit me as a person representing the opposition and one of the leaders of the opposition party Opposition Platform - For Life, - the second party in the country, in parliament based on the election results, - and my powers and functions as a parliamentarian. I think that the focus of such actions to prolong the investigation is a strategic task for the authorities, which is being implemented today, unfortunately, through the law enforcement system, in order to limit my powers as a lawmaker and opposition politician, "Medvedchuk said.
At the same time, he added that today's trial is proceeding normally.
"The process of trial is proceeding normally. Moreover, the court hears the point of view of both the prosecution and the defense. The motions that were made by the defense are well-reasoned. There is a motion to remove the prosecutor, two motions to recuse the investigating judge. Moreover, this motion has already been considered by another investigating judge, who also listened to the parties and the defense's arguments, the defense's opinion on this matter and went to the deliberations room. I believe that at the moment the trial is proceeding absolutely normally, and the court is considering all the issues. I hope that the court decisions will be objective.," the politician said.
He also explained why the defense party challenged the investigating judge Vovk.
"The recusation of the investigating judge Vovk was declared based on the arguments available to the defense, on the circumstances connected with yesterday’s hearing on the extension of the terms of the judicial, pre-trial investigation, because these terms were extended yesterday until November 11, in fact, for six months, and if the criminal proceedings began and were registered since March 11, it is already eight months. I believe that such actions are illegal, " Medvedchuk emphasized.
Earlier, on May 21, the Kyiv Court of Appeal left Medvedchuk under round-the-clock house arrest until July 9.
Viktor Medvedchuk's lawyers Kyrpychov and Cherednychenko stated that the actions of the Prosecutor General's Office and its Chairperson Iryna Venediktova against the Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk were illegal.
Opposition Platform - For Life responded to this legal chaos and stated that such actions of the authorities are an open and cynical political reprisal against an opposition politician who, with his principled position, denounces the unprofessionalism, venality and directed against the people character of the authorities.
Viktor Medvedchuk stressed that what was happening was a political reprisal for his principled position.