Vitaly Serdyuk and Ihor Fedorenko, the advocates of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine filed the official appeal on the necessity to renew the mandate of the EU Council monitoring mission in the investigation of the crimes in Maida to the office of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of Germany who was the guarantor of the Agreement on the peaceful setting of the political crisis in Ukraine dated February 21, 2014. Vitaly Serdyuk wrote this on Facebook as Ukrainian News reported.
Serdyuk published the copies of the documents. The president’s office accepted the proper appeal of the lawyers of Yanukovych on March 29. According to the advocate, it is expected that the lawmakers of Bundestag and human rights organizations will file an official appeal to the European Parliament and the OSCE. The decision to appeal to Steinmeier was made after the number of the meetings and negotiations, which were held by the lawyers in Berlin with the lawmakers of the European Parliament, Bundestag, different German politician and human rights activists.
‘The persecution of the advocates in Ukraine for their activity, the refusal in the access to the justice and putting pressure on the judges, the blocking of the mass media that actively cover the human rights activities is the expression of the blatant disregard of the European values that will be properly responded. This situation is the consequence of the primacy of the political feasibility over the human rights in the high-profile case, particularly Maidan case, in Ukraine’, Serdyuk explained.
‘The renewal of the Monitoring mission created by the European Council for the implementation of the Agreement on the peaceful setting of the political crisis in Ukraine dated February 21, 2014, can hinder all this’.
Yanukovych’s lawyer reminded that the report on the absence of the investigation’s results and obstruction of it by the law enforcement bodies controlled by the authority was made in 2015 on the results of the monitoring by this mission. However, the mandate of this monitoring group was not extended for some reason, despite the fact that the investigation still is not finished.
‘Exactly the absence of the external monitoring, personal interest of the number of the Ukrainian politicians and the leadership of the Prosecutor General’s Office in the concealing of the truth about the shootings in Maida lead to the violation of the basic human rights and use of the criminal methods of fight against the advocates’, Serdyuk added.
On March 27, the break in the court hearing on the case of the state treason of Yanukovych was announced until April 4 due to the absence of the lawyers as they made business trips to Germany, Russia and Simferopol.