Court moves to phase of debating in the treason case of Yanukovych

Source : 112 Ukraine

The advocates are not satisfied with such decision
18:58, 19 April 2018


The Obolon Court of Kyiv announced the switch to the phase of debating on the state treason case of Viktor Yanukovych as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

‘Taking into account the absence of the appeals and the decision of all previous, the court decided to finish the establishment of the circumstances of the case and check of the evidence and switch to the phase of debating. Are the sides ready for them?', Vladyslav Deviatko, the presiding judge asked after the questioning of Yury Iliin, the former Chief of the General Staff and consideration of the number of the defense’s appeals.

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The prosecutors of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office expressed the readiness for the debates.

In their turn, Yanukovych’s lawyers protested against the decision.

‘This decision is illegal as not all the witnesses were questioned. It was made under the political pressure. Not more than 10 defense’s witnesses were questioned’, Vitaly Serdyuk, the advocate emphasized.

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Later the defense refused to participate in the debates and left the court hall.

Earlier, the Obolon District Court of Kyiv allowed the questioning of Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine within the case of the state treason of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine in the regime of the video conference from the presidential administration. It is supposed that the questioning will last for an hour and a half since 14:00 till 15:30.

Yanukovych is charged with state treason, assistance in deliberate actions against Ukraine’s state border, sovereignty and territorial integrity and assistance in leading the aggressive war against Ukraine.  

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