Medvedchuk: Court in my case is fully dependent, under influence of authorities; fair decision not expected

Source : 112 Ukraine

He underlined that everything that’s happened is the intentional activity from the authorities with the use of the resource of the law enforcement system of Ukraine on the illicit criminal prosecution
12:27, 2 September 2021

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

The judges on the case of Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk, MP Viktor Medvedchuk is entirely under influence and totally dependent on the current authorities embodied in President Volodymyr Zelensky. That is why a fair decision should not be expected as Medvedchuk stated before the session of the Pechersk district court.

He underlined that everything that’s happened is the intentional activity from the authorities with the use of the resource of the law enforcement system of Ukraine on the illicit criminal prosecution.

“The procedural violations continue, moreover, they occur in mass, especially on the eve of today’s court session that is marked by the end of the pretrial investigation in a few days before the court session, despite the fact its terms were extended until the mid of November 2021. It was made in favor and on the occasion to show on Independence Day “huge, extensive” as I call the work on the illicit criminal prosecution by prosecutor’s office and investigative bodies. Today, the appeal on the extension of the restrictive measure will be considered once more; moreover, it was provided with the violation of the law, which, from my point of view and point of view of my defense, protects me; the appeal cannot be granted but the court considers it. We understand today that the court is fully dependent and under the influence of the authorities and a fair decision should not be expected. But it does not mean that somebody gives up. The fight will continue; we fight for the law, observation of the Constitution, prevail of justice. Besides, it will take place during today’s court session. Then, the court will decide. Of course, in case of dissatisfaction by the court’s decision, we will appeal it in the appeal order and continue the fight aiming to counteract the illicit criminal prosecution and fabrication of the criminal case…of my colleague Taras Kozak,” Medvedchuk underlined.

On September 2, the Pechersk district court of Kyiv considers the extension of the restrictive measure in the form of the house arrest for Viktor Medvedchuk.

As it was reported earlier, on February 2, Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsONE, and ZiK TV channels. By this decree, he enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions on the cancellation of the broadcasting licenses of the TV channels belonging to Taras Kozak (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK). According to the decree that is eligible since the moment of signature, the TV channels faced sanctions that will be active for five years. These sanctions make the broadcasting impossible.

On February 26, journalists of the TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel - Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK channels. However, within an hour after the start of broadcasting, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was illegally turned off under pressure from the authorities.

Earlier, on February 20, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions against 8 individuals and 19 legal entities. Among them are three Ukrainian citizens - the politician Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko and the common-law wife of the owner of the NewsOne, ZIK, and 112 Ukraine channels, Taras Kozak, Natalya Lavreniuk.

On May 13, Kyiv court chose the restriction measure for Viktor Medvedchuk, the opposition MP and Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. On July 9, the court extended the house arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk until September 7. The lawyers of the politician stated about the recusal of the judge Serhiy Vovk right after the end of the court session. However, the court declined the appeal on recusal of the judge and prosecutor. On July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal refused to satisfy the appeal op the lawyers of Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk against the extension of the politician's house arrest until September 7.

The Opposition Platform - For Life responded to this legal arbitrariness, stressing that the political persecution of MP Taras Kozak has only one purpose: reprisals against independent media, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, and the destruction of freedom of speech in Ukraine. 

Commenting on the situation, Viktor Medvedchuk emphasized that his lawyers were fully prepared to appeal against the measure of restraint and they have evidence that refutes the prosecution's accusation and prove the illegality of applying house arrest to him.

Thus, the defense filed an appeal against the decision of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv on extension of the measure of restraint for the politician. However, on July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal denied it, despite the defeat of all the arguments of the prosecution.

Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts and world media have criticized Zelensky's decree to shut down 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels.

During the last months, the world mass media, European politicians, and experts published over 80,000 materials dedicated to the persecution by Ukrainian authorities of the opposition and independent TV channels.


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