Kyiv court refused to question Poroshenko again

Source : 112 Ukraine

Lawyers of Yanukovych asked for the questioning
11:03, 22 February 2018

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Obolonsky district court of Kyiv refused the defense of Viktor Yanukovych in their appeal to question President Petro Poroshenko for the second time. This became known during the session on Thursday broadcasted on 112 Ukraine channel.

The petition for interrogation was filed by Yanukovych's lawyers, arguing that during yesterday's interrogation they did not have time to ask all the questions of interest.

"As the defense already stated during the hearing it has not been given the opportunity to take full advantage of its right to ask questions even within certain time limits. In connection with this and given that the questions, the process of questioning, chronology and topics, that the questions are based on the built-up defensive position, we believe that the specified interrogation has not taken place because the circumstances which the protection could have been established with the help of testimony of this witness were not clarified. We ask the court to interrogate the witness Poroshenko in this criminal case again," Adriana Fozekosh, Yanukovych’s lawyer explained.  

In their turn, prosecutors did not support this proposal.

"The prosecution considers that the motion is not reasonable at all because yesterday, the witness Poroshenko was interviewed about the circumstances of the criminal proceedings. The defense had all the possibilities, even more time to ask questions regarding the circumstances, but the defense did not take advantage of its right and did not ask questions concerning the circumstances of the criminal proceedings. Therefore, the prosecution considers that this appeal should be denied, as it is groundless," the prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko said.  

As a result, the court called the motion groundless, stating that protection yesterday did not use its right to interrogate the president.

As it was reported earlier Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said about the threat to his life during his trip to Crimea on February 27, 2014. He claimed this during a session of the Obolon court of Kyiv where he is witnessing in the case of high treason of his predecessor, ex-president Viktor Yanukovych.

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It is known that Poroshenko, on behalf of the then Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Turchynov, on February 27, 2014, was sent as a deputy to Crimea to settle the conflict. There, the acting president made sure that the Verkhovna Rada did not work and was surrounded by Russian military:

"I personally ascertained that the Verkhovna Rada was closed, did not work, was surrounded by so-called "little green men", servicemen of the regular forces of Russian Federation, and a chain of people in camouflage who called themselves Crimean self-defense, but were coordinated by special services officers of the Russian Federation," he noted.

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.

Related: Yanukovych’s defense stands against questioning of Poroshenko in regime of video conference

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