Court ends Poroshenko’s testimony prematurely

The questioning lasted less than an hour
16:28, 21 February 2018

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Obolon district court of Kyiv has ended the testimony of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in the case of ex-President Yanukovych’s state treason prematurely. According to the judge, the lawyers of the defense were asking inappropriate questions, so the interrogation was terminated.

“The defense (of Yanukovych, - intentionally ask questions that are unrelated to this criminal proceeding, not willing to question you. I am forced to stop your interrogation, and thank you for treating the witness summons that the court sent you last week responsibly,” the judge told the President.

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Addressing the lawyers, the judge said that the court had to use its right to stop the interrogation.

The question of the defense, after which the interrogation stopped, had to do with Poroshenko’s recent holiday trip to the Maldives. The hearing will resume at 10 am on Feb. 22.

It is worth noting that before this, Poroshenko had time to answer some of the prosecutors’ questions. The defense asked more questions about the events in Crimea and the situation in Kyiv after Yanukovych’s resignation. The interrogation took place in the video conference regime at the request of the Presidential Administration.

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