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Yanukovych state treason case: Trial proceeded to debates, lawyers protest

The next court session is planned for July 30
22:21, 17 July 2018

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The Obolon District Court of Kyiv canceled the questioning of the witnesses and proceeded to the debates on the state treason case of the former president Viktor Yanukovych. Presiding judge Vladyslav Deviatko claimed this as Ukrainian News reported.

During the session on July 17, the conflict appeared between the court and the lawyers of Yanukovych as the defense of the ex-president demanded to urgently question three new witnesses, ex-security guards of Yanukovych via the video-conference from Crimea annexed by Russia.

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Lawyer Vitaly Serdyuk arbitrarily ordered to begin the questioning of the witnesses and it aroused the protest of the prosecutor and judges. Due to this judge Deviatko ordered to cancel the further quarrels and proceed to the debates.

He noted that the court last more than a year, 52 witnesses were questioned, including 15 witnesses of the defense and this number is enough. The judge ordered to immediately proceed to the court debates.

“The court debates are now in session,” Deviatko said.

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This decision aroused the outrage of the defense. However, the court claimed that the debates will take place on July 30 and if the defense fails to appear, a state advocate will be appointed for Yanukovych.

As we reported earlier former president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk agreed to witness in the defense of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych accused of the state treason. 

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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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