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Prosecution to apply for life imprisonment for Yanukovych

Source : 112 Ukraine

The prosecution shall only request the life sentence because the defendant didn’t admit his guilt on the sage of the pre-trial investigation, - Prosecutor
14:09, 4 May 2017

RIA Novosti

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine shall ask the court to sentence former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to life imprisonment. The representative of the prosecution Ruslan Kravchenko, the Prosecutor of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, reported that during his briefing after the preparatory court hearing of the treason case against Yanukovych.

According to him, the prosecution is confident in all the evidence they collected.

“The evidences in this criminal case are the testimonies of the witnesses, documents, experts’ reports, physical evidences and other photo and video materials. We are confident that the evidentiary basis we collected during the pre-trial investigation correspond to the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine. I am sure that we will be able to prove Yanukovych’s guilt in Obolon court of Kyiv and in Ukrainian judicial proceedings in general,” the Prosecutor said.

Kravchenko is also positive that in case of a guilty verdict the case shall pass all the institutions if the defense applies to the European Court of Human Rights.

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“The capital punishment is a life sentence. The prosecution shall only request the life sentence because the defendant didn’t admit his guilt on the sage of the pre-trial investigation,” Kravchenko added.

As it was reported earlier, the Obolon district court of Kyiv is hearing the case of treason by the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych today. 

The judge panel includes the presiding judge Vladyslava Devyatko, the judge Dmytro Kambulov and Maksym Tytov.

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The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine accused Viktor Yanukovych of high treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and in covering the aggressive war that the Russian Federation has unleashed against our country.

Viktor Yanukovych served as the president of Ukraine in 2010-2014. He was ousted during the anti-government protests, known as the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Back then, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country; the ex-Ukrainian leader has been residing in Russia ever since. The Ukrainian government repeatedly demanded that Yanukovych be repatriated, but Russia refused. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine charges Yanukovych of state treason, supporting Russian officials responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as waging aggressive war. 

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