The former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych filed a lawsuit to the European Court of Human Rights regarding Ukraine’s regular violations of human rights against him, the defense lawyers of Yanukovych stated.
In his lawsuit, he asked the court to confirm the violation of his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, including the right to a fair trial (Article 6), right to effective investigation into the attempts upon his life and the right to protect his life (Article 2) and right not to be discriminated on political status and beliefs (Article 14).
“President Yanukovych has brought this action now because it is clear that the Ukrainian authorities are determined to bring prosecutions against him. They have allowed unfair trials to proceed which infringe his basic human right to be present and to defend himself against allegations which President Yanukovych vigorously denies. There is no doubt the Ukrainian prosecution authorities are under huge political pressure to secure convictions in relation to false criminal allegations, including those constructed to provide a basis for the EU sanctions listing against President Yanukovych,” the Yanukovych’s UK lawyer Joe Hage of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, who has issued the claim, said.
As it was reported before, Yanukovych was officially summoned for questioning by Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office, scheduled on August 11. But the ex-President of Ukraine refused to come to the questioning because he was afraid for his life, the defense lawyer Vitaly Sediuk stated. The latter came to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine instead of Yanukovych.
Victor Yanukovych left Kyiv during the night of 21 February 2014. In his press conference in Rostov-on-Don on 28 February ex-president claimed that at the time he did not flee anywhere, but that his car was shot at by automatic rifles as he left Kyiv for Kharkiv "to meet the representatives of local parties" and he was then forced to move around Ukraine amid fears for the safety of himself and his family.