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First president of Ukraine agrees to witness in defense of Yanukovych, - lawyer

However, a court decision is to refuse Kravchuk's questioning
12:54, 17 July 2018

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Former president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk agreed to witness in the defense of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych accused of the state treason. Vitaly Serdyuk claimed this at the court session as Ukrainian News reported.

The defense noted that it held the meeting with Kravchuk on July 13 during which he agreed to be the witness of the defense.

“Leonid Makarovych agreed to come to the Obolon court and testify toward the events known to him, particularly about February 2014,” Serdyuk said.

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According to the lawyer, Kravchuk intends to testify on the presence of “elimination plan of Yanukovych as it was with Ceaușescu”.

Moreover, the defense claimed about the agreement of ex-defense minister Pavlo Lebedev to witness in the defense of Yanukovych via the video-conference from Moscow.

The prosecution stood against the questioning of the mentioned witnesses as they were not announced earlier.

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The court decided to refuse to question Kravchuk.

“The things he can tell do not concern the criminal proceeding but they are the common conclusions about the situations in Ukraine,” presiding judge Vladyslav Deviatko said.

He also red out the protocol of the questioning of Kravchuk, according to which, in February 2014 the unknown called to the former president from Khmelnytsky and Cherkassy regions and reported on the creation of the group for the liquidation of Yanukovych.

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Kravchuk passed this information to the ex-head of the presidential administration Andry Klyuev.  However, the unknown did not answer the incoming calls.

The court decided that it is the testimony of the third party and there is no need in the questioning of Kravchuk in the court.

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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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