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High Anti-Corruption Court arrests ex-president Yanukovych in absentia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych is suspected of taking possession of a complex of buildings of Mezhyhirya resort house
17:10, 7 October 2021

Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych
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High Anti-Corruption Court has arrests ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who is suspected of taking possession of a complex of buildings of Mezhyhirya resort house, in absentia. High Anti-Corruption Court investigating judge Kateryna Shyroka made such decision on October 7.

"To grant motion of the NABU detective, agreed with the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) prosecutor, on choosing a measure of restraint in the form of detention for Viktor Yanukovych. To choose a measure of restraint in the form of detention for Viktor Yanukovych," the judge announced.

She also noted that from the moment of detention, but not later than 48 hours, Yanukovych will have to be taken to the High Anti-Corruption Court. There he must be chosen a measure of restraint in the form of arrest or a milder one.

"After the detention and no later than 48 hours after bringing Yanukovych, consider with his participation the issue of choosing measure of restraint in the form of detention or its change to a milder measure of restraint in the form prescribed by law."

In June the court allowed to investigate in absentia case of seizure of the power by the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in 2010. Such a court decision entitles the prosecution to conduct a pre-trial investigation into the suspect in his absence.

The day before, on May 28, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova promised to agree on the extradition of former President Yanukovych.

Related: Anti-Corruption Bureau asks Interpol to put Yanukovych on international wanted list

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