Yanukovych finds switch to debating phase at court illegal

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier the presiding judge announced the switch to the phase of debating on the state treason case
11:28, 20 April 2018


Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych responded to the court decision to switch to the phase of the debating on the state treason case calling it illegal as his press service reported.

According to his statement, the court attempts to speed up the consideration of the case as the witness statements ‘can influence the results of the possible early election’.

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‘The authority judges not me – it judges the millions of the Ukrainian who voted for me. It judges people who were against Maidan movement, those people who did not agree with ‘the coup d'état’. This court should become a vivid reminder that people are never able to count on the law and justice in Ukraine, on the opportunity to be heard’, Yanukovych claimed.

Ex-President also reminded that the court refused to question a number of the defense’s witnesses and only three ‘high-ranking officials’ Leonid Kozhara, Mykhailo Dobkin and Yury Ilyin testified.

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As we reported on April 19, Vladyslav Deviatko, the presiding judge announced the switch to the phase of debating on the state treason case of Yanukovych. The defense refused to participate in the debates and left the court hall and the break until May 3 was announced.

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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