Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych sent an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) with his claims about "violation of his right to participate in court hearings in the case, on which he is accused in the state treason by the Ukrainian prosecutor's office." This was reported by the lawyer of ex-president Vitaliy Serdyuk, according to TASS, citing his words on the air of the Espresso TV channel.
"A complaint to the ECHR was recently signed by Viktor Yanukovych, in which he stated his claims about non-compliance with the right to access to justice, as well as complaints about the illegality of attempts to convict him in his absentia. This suit was signed and handed over to my English colleagues for submission to the ECHR, "Serdyuk said.
According to the lawyer, he has filed applications to the court in the order of international cooperation to ensure his participation.
"But we see that this is not beneficial to the Prosecutor General's Office, and they are doing everything to prevent it, despite the fact that they have already submitted a written application for participation in the relevant process," the lawyer added.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko created a video message regarding the start of the trial against Viktor Yanukovych. The appeal was published on the page of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine in Facebook.
"This will not be a vengeance process, because we need justice, and let the law triumph," Lutsenko said.
At the same time, the prosecutor general stressed that this court session would radically differ from the "political trials of Yanukovych", through which he had previously passed, and that during the trial all the rights of the defendant will be respected.