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Yanukovych wants to return to Ukraine under new president Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

Yanukovych’s lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk said he try to get a not guilty verdict and appeal the sentence
12:04, 24 April 2019

The lawyer of ex-President of Ukraine Vitaliy Serdyuk
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Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych wants to come back to Ukraine when the winner of the presidential run Volodymyr Zelensky will hold the post of the Head of State, as Yanukovych’s lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk said in an interview for iz.ru.

“After the change of power in Kyiv there is a chance that the process against Viktor Yanukovych will lose its politicization,” he said.

At the same time, Serdyuk regards Yanukovych’s stay in Russia as temporary and forced. According to him, the lawyers of the fugitive president would try to get a not guilty verdict and appeal the sentence.

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As we reported earlier, Yuriy Ryabovol, the state lawyer of Viktor Yanukovych, has filed the appeal against the sentence of Obolon District Court on the state treason case of the ex-president.

On February 26, Ukraine's court reported that five appeals were filed against the verdict for ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
Related: Yanukovych state treason: case passed to Kyiv Appeal Court

On March 5, Kyiv Court of Appeal returned the case of the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Kyiv Obolon Court to correct the mistakes and explanation of the verdict.

The court found Yanukovych guilty of addressing the Russian President Putin and asking him to deploy troops in Ukraine.

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Besides, the court sentenced Yanukovych to 13 years of the detention for the state treason and complicity in the holding of the aggressive war against Ukraine by the Russian Federation.

Yanukovych was 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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