Court session on Yanukovych’s state treason case rescheduled for February 7

Source : 112 Ukraine

The session should take place at 10:00
12:04, 31 January 2018

112 Agency

The court session on the case of the state treason of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine is rescheduled from February 7 as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

Today the defense of Yanukovych did not come to the court session.

‘Court is forced to recess the hearing once again until February 7, 10:00 am’, the judge said.

He noted that the judges agree with the prosecution on the fact that the advocates violate the reasonable terms of the considering of the criminal proceeding.

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‘Also, the court takes into consideration that only one car of lawyer Serdyuk is added due to the appeal on the impossibility to come to the court session. There is no information provided to the court that lawyer Fedorenko is on sick leave, lawyers Fozekosh and Bilenko are on businesses’, the judge noted.

After the short session Ruslan Kravchenko, the prosecutor did not agree to name the surnames of the witnesses who supposed to be invited today.  

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‘Preliminary we invited the witnesses but when lawyer Serdyuk reported that he is absent, we told the witnesses not to come. At the moment, there is no need to name the witnesses as they will be invited for February 7-8 court meetings. Only then I will be able to tell their names’, Kravchenko said.

The court made a decision to question the number of the witnesses of the prosecution in the end of 2017, including the President Poroshenko. Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine and Arseny Yatsenyuk, the former Prime Minister were questioned on December 11.

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Earlier we reported that the court questioned Andry Deshchytsia, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland on January 17.

Moreover, Andry Paruby, the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament was questioned on January 24.

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Also, the former border guards of Yanukovych gave the testimony to the court. Particularly, one of them claimed that former Ukrainian president arrived in Kharkiv Regional State Administration on the night of February 21 to 22, 2014 where Mykhailo Dobkin, then Head of Kharkiv Regional Administration (now he is the MP from Opposition Bloc) met him and provided the transport for the further escape. Another witness claimed that on the evening of February 21, Yanukovych, his family and security guards flew on two helicopters from the Mezhyhirya Residence to Kharkiv. From Kharkiv, they took two Falkon planes and flew in an unknown direction, but were demanded to return to the airfield by Oleksandr Turchynov. The planes landed in Donetsk, and Yanukovych with the guards took the cars to go to Crimea.


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