Court allows investigating case of Yanukovych's seizure of power in 2010 in absentia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such a court decision entitles the prosecution to conduct a pre-trial investigation in the suspect’s absence
12:20, 3 June 2021

Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych
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The case of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's fourth president, will be investigated in absentia. These are proceedings to Yanukovych’s seizure of power in autumn 2010. The press service of the Prosecutor General's Office reported this.

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"At the request of prosecutors of the Prosecutor General's Office, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv has granted permission for a special pre-trial investigation into the former president of Ukraine in criminal proceedings for seizing state power (Part 1 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code)," the statement said.

Such a court decision entitles the prosecution to conduct a pre-trial investigation into the suspect in his absence.

It is noted that the circumstances of the ex-president's actions in September-October 2010 aimed at illegally increasing the scope of his powers as President of Ukraine are being investigated as part of the criminal proceedings.

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Law enforcement officers note that in the fall of 2010, Yanukovych obtained in an unconstitutional way from the parliament to return to the requirements of the Constitution of Ukraine of June 28, 1996. At the same time, on December 8, 2004, the Law On Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine of December 8, 2004, amended the Basic Law. Yanukovych has decided to illegally increase his powers as president of Ukraine.

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As a reminder, on May 28, the public prosecutor Iryna Venediktova promised to achieve the extradition of the ex-president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych.

On March 25, Kyiv Court of Appeal reaffirmed the sentence about the arrest of Viktor Yanukovych in absentia. The judicial authority looked into the case of high treason, in which the former president of Ukraine is a convict. 

Earlier, on March 19, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has imposed sanctions against former high-ranking officials and law enforcement officers. Sanctions were imposed, in particular, against ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.

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