Pechersk District Court of Kyiv allowed the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office to conduct investigation in absentia in state treason case against Yanukovych. This was reported from the scene by the correspondent of "112 Ukraine" TV channel.
"Judge from Pechersk court Tarasyuk gave permission to hold procedures of special pre-trial investigation in absentia against Viktor Yanukovych on charges of state treason. The decision cannot be appealed. The court session lasted more than 12.5 hours. The reason for this were more than 30 applications, which were filed by the defense. These applications included holding the visiting session in the Russian Federation and adding all the participants of the National Security Council meeting on February 14, 2014 as witnesses. Turchynov, Avakov, Yatsenyuk and other were present at the mentioned meeting. All of these applications, as well as petition for disqualification of presiding judge and the entire judicial board of the Pechersk District Court in the case were dismissed. The representatives of the prosecutor's office also attached a letter from the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia, which refers to the denial of legal aid, namely handing over the note of suspicion to Viktor Yanukovych,” the reporter said.
The Prosecutor General’s press secretary Larysa Sargan reported on her Facebook page that the trial in the treason case begins in February.
"In February we will start the actual trial where the prosecutor's office on the basis of irrefutable evidence will ask for traitor’s punishment,” Sargan wrote.
In addition, the defense asked the court to question President Petro Poroshenko, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy and others during the hearing.