Yanukovych state treason case: Obolon district court's session underway

Source : 112 Ukraine

Former bodyguards of the ousted ex-president testify before the jury
13:02, 8 June 2018

Kyiv's Obolon district court gathered for another session in the case of the former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

The judges continue to interview the witnesses for the defense - specifically, Yanukovych's former bodyguards. According to them, 'the-then opposition planned to conduct a terrorist act against the protesters at Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv in February 2014, using the gas-tank truck'. 

Former bodyguard Volodymyr Pavlenko added that Yanukovych's motorcade was attacked on February 2014, while on the way to his residence in Mezhyhiria, Kyiv region. 

The Obolon District Court of Kyiv intends to finish the consideration of the case of the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych suspected in the state treason until August 1. Vladyslav Deviatko, the presiding judge claimed this as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

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‘The court will determine the final data of the debates on July 30 or July 31, 2018. The stand-by date is August 1’, he noted.

This decision has cost protest of the defense. An advocate of the ex-president Vitaly Serdyuk began to demand from the court to give at least five months to the defense for the preparation to the debates and noted that this term should be agreed with Yanukovych. However, the presiding judge referred to the workload of the Obolon District Court and emphasized that the state advocate will be issued to the former president if the current defense refuses to participate in the debates.

Yanukovych is charged with state treason, assistance in deliberate actions against Ukraine’s state border, sovereignty and territorial integrity and assistance in leading the aggressive war against Ukraine.  

Related: Yanukovych's defense claims about falsifying of information of February 2014 events

Related: Ukraine's prosecutor's office predicts sentence for Yanukovych within month

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