Court to finish consideration of Yanukovych’s case until August

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court debates will take place on July 30, 31
13:59, 6 June 2018

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The Obolon District Court of Kyiv intends to finish the consideration of the case of former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych suspected in the state treason until August 1. Vlasyslav Deviatko, the presiding judge claimed this as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

‘The court will determine the final data of the debates on July 30 or July 31, 2018. The stand-by date is August 1’, he noted.

Related: Ukraine's prosecutor's office predicts sentence for Yanukovych within month

This decision has cost protest of the defense. An advocate of the ex-president Vitaly Serdyuk began to demand from the court to give at least five months to the defense for the preparation to the debates and noted that this term should be agreed with Yanukovych. However, the presiding judge referred to the workload of the Obolon District Court and emphasized that the state advocate will be issued to the former president if the current defense refuses to participate in the debates.

The court intends to renew the consideration of the case on June 8. It is expected that the defense’s witnesses will be questioned, particularly, the former body guards of Yanukovych will testify.

Related: Yanukovych state treason case: Witnesses for defence testify in court

Today, Andry Rapoport, the former senior officer of the Navy, 1-st class Capitan was questioned through the video-connection as the witness of the defense. It took one hour for him to testify.

He claimed that Ukraine’s Defense Ministry did not order to execute the armed response to the Russian soldiers during the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.  

Related: Yanukovych’s defense: attempt to replace lawyers makes trial illegal

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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