Medvedchuk: I will appeal to ECHR, fight to stop fabrication of criminal case against me

Source : 112 Ukraine

The opposition politician underlined that the materials for familiarization with his case were provided only on August 30
11:49, 2 September 2021

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

The lawyers of Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), while the opposition politician will continue to fight to make the authorities stop fabricating his case as Pershiy Nezalezhnyi reported.

The opposition politician underlined that the materials for familiarization with his case were provided only on August 30.

“That is why the process has just begun, and, of course, we have not familiarized with it; moreover, the materials of the case, not surprisingly, have 67 volumes,” Medvedchuk said.

He also added that the accusations that the defense can supposedly destroy the materials of the case during the familiarization with them - do not stand up to scrutiny.

“Such statements from the prosecution and their point of view are at the level of the things incriminated against me as the charges. In other words, it is the same accusations in the grave crimes without grounding. Face-to-face, it is also incriminated that these materials can be accidentally destroyed. This same level of the first and second circumstance meet the fact that it is alleged, politically motivated, and illegal,” the opposition politician underlined.

Mevedchuk has also stated that he will continue to fight for justice with all legal means.

“I believe that today from today’s decision, we will know for sure the thoughts of the court. But it does not mean that I and the defense, which hold and help me in the defense against the illicit criminal prosecution, we will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to stop the process of fabrication of the criminal case,” the politician concluded.

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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