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Yanukovych’s defense team fails to appear at session hall

Source : 112 Ukraine

The lawyers said they have been working with witnesses abroad
13:08, 10 January 2018

AFP

On Wednesday, Obolon district court held another session in the case of Viktor Yanukovych, the ex-president of Ukraine who is charged with the state treason. None of the lawyers, however, participated in the hearing, so judges adjourned the meeting until January 17.

According to Yanukovych’s attorney Vitaliy Serdyuk, his counterparts from the defense team worked abroad, meeting with witnesses. ‘The court received the written confirmation of that,’ he said. ‘Tomorrow (January 11, - 112 International), we can’t appear at the hearing either; we will be appealing against the illegal decision to replace us with lawyers from the Free Legal Assistance Centre. The court has been notified, and this is a reasonable excuse. For now, we are in Russia, working with our compatriots who also faced political persecutions in Ukraine and thus cannot go there; nevertheless, these people agreed to cooperate as witnesses.’

Serdyuk added that Yanukovych’s stance remains unchanged: he asks for an opportunity to participate in the video conference mode.

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