Former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych insisted that the case of repressions against Euromaidan participants should be considered in presence of the International consultative group. Yanukovych’s lawyers sent the respective appeal to the Council of Europe on Tuesday.
‘We found out that neither Prosecutor General’s Office, nor the court nor did the Ukrainian government urge the members of the International Consultative Group to take part in this case; the group was created back in April 2014, so that they could look into the violent actions against the protesters, which occurred from November 2013 till February 2014. This was one of the obligatory provisions of the Crisis Regulation Agreement, signed by Yanukovych, the-then Ukrainian opposition and European foreign ministers. We assume that holding court hearings in this case without Yanukovych and European officials may lead to concealing the real picture of what was going on back then – including the part of high-ranked officials in the shootout in Kyiv (on February 20, 2014, - 112 International),’ said Yanuvkovych’s lawyer Viktor Serdyuk.
According to him, the group was created to make sure that all parties to the case respect the European convention for human rights, as well as the general practice of the ECHR. Due to this, the ex-president’s defense team insists that official representatives approved by the Council of Europe should be involved in the court hearings in the case of crimes, committed against Euromaidan activists.
The next session in this case is slated in Kyiv on November 1.