President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said he had decided to participate in the court proceeding investigating the Maidan crimes of 2014, as he said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition to the Heavenly Hundred heroes.
“For the first time in the Ukrainian history, I’ve decided to participate in the judicial proceeding. It’s unprecedented for the President to do it personally, but this case concerns all of us. We must go through a tough procedural path so that the criminals have no technicalities in the European courts. I emphasize that the crimes of Maidan don’t have an expiration date,” he said.
Moreover, the President emphasized that he shares the public discontent with the pace of the investigation. He believes that in four years it would have been possible to achieve a lot.
“At the same time, I am well-aware of the scale of the crime and the necessity to have a judicially impeccable evidence base and strict observance of all procedural norms. The evil must be punished,” he said.
As it was reported earlier, 380 people have been given notice of suspicion in the cases related to the Euromaidan. Out of them, cases of 270 people are in court, and 49 have already received sentences.
A special pre-trial investigation (in absentia) as to ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, ex-Head of the Security Service Oleksandr Yakymenko and ex-Deputy Head of the Security Service Volodymyr Totskiy is also underway. These individuals are accused of crimes that lead to killings of Maidan on Feb. 18-20, 2014.