Poroshenko to be questioned on case of Yanukovych’s state treason through video conference

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is supposed that the questioning will last for an hour and a half since 14:00 till 15:30
11:39, 21 February 2018

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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. Vladyslav Devyatko, the chief judge announced the proper decision as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

‘The judicial panel established the following after the hearing of the partakers of the court proceeding, examining of the appeal of the prosecution and proper letter from the presidential administration. According to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the criminal proceeding can take place in the regime of the video conference during the broadcasting from another accommodation, including those out of the building of the court, the remote court proceeding in the case of the impossibility of the direct involvement of the partaker of the criminal proceeding in the court proceeding for justified reasons of the necessity to provide the security of the persons.  Taking this into account, taking into account that the prosecution made the arguments for the questioning of the witness in the regime of the video conference, the judicial panel thinks that the appeal of the prosecutors should be satisfied’, the message said.

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The same decision of the court ordered the Administration of the president to organize the holding of the questioning of Poroshenko with the participation of the secretary of the court hearings of the Obolon Court. The decision is non-appealable.

The lawyers of Yanukovych offered to reschedule the questioning of Poroshenko for another day after the announcement of the decision, however, the court rejected the offer.

At the same time, Ruslan Kravchenko, the prosecutor reported citing the presidential administration that Poroshenko has the planned international meetings and phone talks today so the technical interruptions are possible during the implementation of the planned presidential schedule.

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Earlier the prosecution reported on the letter from the Administration of the president where the feasibility of the non-appearance of Poroshenko to the court and the questioning on the regime of the video conference due to the increased requirements to the security of the state’s head. The presidential administration thinks that stay in the building of the court can restrict the work of the facility and its workers and visitors.

The Obolon District Court of Kyiv allowed the questioning of a number of the former top-ranking officials, including Mykola Azarov, the former Prime Minister on February 14.

The court partially satisfied the motion of the defense. Particularly, they intend to question Andry Klyuev, the former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Vitaly Zakharchenko, the former Interior Minister of Ukraine, Oleksandr Yakymenko, the former Head of the SBU, Pavlo Lebedev, the former Defense Minister. Also, a few dozens of people are mentioned in the list as 'the citizens of Crimea'. According to the lawyers, these people can give their testimonies on the circumstances of the return to Crimea after February 20, 2014, of the citizens of Crimea who participated in the protests in Kyiv.

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Previously, the Prosecutor General’s Office reported that the President Petro Poroshenko and the National Security Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov are among those yet to be interviewed; 23 witnesses are to be interviewed.

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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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