In the case of the Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk, there is zero evidence, it is one hundred percent political persecution. It was stated by the Doctor of Juridical Science, Professor, Academician of the National Academy of Legal Sciences Vitaly Zhuravsky on the air of the Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel.
"There is zero evidence in Viktor Medvedchuk's case. This is 100% political persecution. All accusations are based on assumptions. Article 62 of the Constitution states that the court does not accept assumptions. To spit, humiliate a person, and influence the electorate, intimidate the electorate, who would like to vote for the Opposition Platform - For Life Party and for Viktor Volodymyrovych as well," Zhuravsky said.
At the same time, he stressed that he had known Viktor Medvedchuk for many years, and that he was "a very neat lawyer, a neat attorney, a neat scientist."
"There is no corpus delicti in the actions of which he is accused. Therefore, I think the authorities will be tempted to continue doing what they are doing, not to give access to the electorate," he noted.
In this context, he reminded that the authorities closed the TV channels 112 Ukraine, ZiK and NewsOne, which were watched by more than six million citizens, without trial or investigation.
"Where is the evidence? No. Where have you seen this, in a state governed by the rule of law, the court is making the final point. It has not been done. Why did they do it? So that people do not hear the truth. And now Medvedchuk is under house arrest, it's actually a prison. In order for him not to speak, not to go live, that's the goal. The goal is to cross out the alternative path of the country's development. After all, Medvedchuk has repeatedly stated that the course of the state, the course of power in the state is wrong, erroneous, I think so. And many citizens think so, at least those people who voted for Opposition Platform - For Life Party think so, and they are citizens of Ukraine.
Well, we need to understand one thing, that there is a fundamental article in the Constitution, which indicates that the life of society is based on diversity: ideological, political, economic. There must be an alternative point of view, and citizens must choose," Zhuravsky said.
"The current government has chosen the wrong course, the course of surrendering national interests, turning Ukraine into a purely raw state. Well, how not to protest against this. Conscious people, patriots of Ukraine, real patriots, they are just protesting against this," the expert noted.
On May 3, Pechersk district court of Kyiv chose the restriction measure for Viktor Medvedchuk, the opposition MP and Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. The lawmaker will remain under house arrest until July 9, 2021.
Earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk's lawyers stated that the actions of the General Prosecutor's Office and its head Iryna Venedyktova against the chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life are illegal.
The party responded to this legal willfulness and declared that such actions of the authorities were an open and cynical political reprisal against an opposition politician who, with his principled position, reveals the unprofessionalism, venality and anti-popular nature of the authorities.
Viktor Medvedchuk stressed that what was happening was a political reprisal for his principled position.