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Yanukovych's case: court announces break until April 18 due to lawyers’ absence
11:34, 11 April 2018

Yanukovych's case: court announces break until April 18 due to lawyers’ absence

The judge promises to respond to the non-appearance of the lawyers in the future

11:34, 11 April 2018

Kommersant

The session of the Obolon Court of Kyiv on the consideration of the state treason case of the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych did not take place due to the absence of the lawyers. A chief judge announced the break until April 18 as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

‘the court always had been building this criminal process based on the competitiveness and provision of the right for the defense of the accused Viktor F. Yanukovych, therefore, of course, the court is forced to announce the break until 10 am, April 18 once more. Talking about the response towards the defense, the court will estimate their actions in conjunction with their further action in this particular trial’, the judge said.

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In his turn, prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko suggested that the questioning of MP Mykhailo Dobkin as the witness can take place on April 18.  At the same time, he is not sure that the advocates will come to the next court session.

Earlier Vitaly Serdyuk, the lawyer of Yanukovych reported on Facebook about the plans to question the witness today. However, Serdyuk did not appear in the court.

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Before the hearing of the witnesses of the defense, the partakers of the trial heard the witnesses of the prosecution. There were a lot of high-ranking officials and politicians, including the president, Interior Minister and parliament’s speaker.

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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