The Court of Appeal ordered Obolon District Court of Kyiv to handle the treason criminal case against the fugitive ex-president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych. Ruslan Kravchenko, the Prosecutor of the General’s Prosecutor Office, reported that. According to him the date of the first preparatory court meeting is not yet set.
“I think that after the full text of the judgment of the Court of Appeal is announced, the bill of indictment will further be sent into Obolon District Court of Kyiv. The Court shall set the date of the session within five days after receiving the bill of indictment,” he said.
Kravchenko also reported that the full text of the judgment of the Court of Appeal will be announced on April 3.
“In case the defendant Yanukovych doesn’t come back to Ukraine or won’t be detained by the law enforcement bodies, the party of charge shall petition the court for perform trial in absentia,” he explained.
Vikroe Yanukovych served as the president of Ukraine in 2010-2014. He was ousted during the anti-government protests, known as the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Back then, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country; the ex-Ukrainian leader has been residing in Russia ever since. The Ukrainian government repeatedly demanded that Yanukovych be repatriated, but Russia refused. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine charges Yanukovych of state treason, supporting Russian officials responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as waging aggressive war.