Kyiv's Pechersk district court decided to extend the detention term (house arrest) for Viktor Medvedchuk, the Ukrainian MP and Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. The respective decision was made during the court session on September 2.
Earlier, Medvedchuk claimed that the court that looked into his case totally depended on the current government, specifically on President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"The procedural violations continue; at that, these are massive violations that took place before today's court session. Several days before this session, the judges announced that the trial investigation was over - in spite of the fact that the terms were extended until mid-November. It was done to please [the government] and to mark the "huge load of work" that was done by the Independence Day to proceed with illegal criminal prosecution by the prosecutors and investigative authorities. So, today, the jury will once again revise the [prosecution's] appeal to extend the term of restriction measure; from my point of view and from that of my defense team, it is done in the breach of the law, and it can't be granted. But still, the court looks into it. And we understand that the court is fully dependent on the government, so one canot expect a fair decision. But it doesn't mean that someone put one's hands down. The fight will got on; we fight for observance of the law and Constitution, for justice to prevail", Medvedchuk said.