The defense of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine intends to appeal to the US State Department of State due to the attempts of the Prosecutor's Office to suspend it from the court hearing. Vitaly Serdyuk, the advocate of Yanukovych reported this to 112 Ukraine.
'Certainly, we will stay at all processes. I draw the attention to the fact that the decision to bring us to the disciplinary responsibility and attempt to revoke the advocate license are the second step of the government. The first step was the artificial suspension from the hearing on December 11 when the whole country watched the questioning of Yatsenyuk and Avakov. The court was told beforehand on the impossibility of the presence at this hearing due to the fact that we were at another hearing and the court decided the intentionally improper decision when the free lawyer was involved. We will appeal to the international organizations, ambassadors and the US State Department with the appeal to pay attention to the illegal situation, the contradiction of the actions of Ukraine with the European and world standards of the justice', he said.
Serdyuk also noted that the case on the complaint about the illegal replacement of the advocacy group that defends Yanukovych by the free state advocates will take place on January 10 at the Appeal Court. The defense of Yanukovych will not be able at the hearing of the Yanukovych's case on the state treason at Obolon District Court due to this fact.
'The Obolon Court is informed about the respectfulness of the ground of the absence and the defense will be ready to participate and continue to search for the truth of the guilty in Crimea case at the next hearing that should take place on January 17', he added.
Earlier Pechersk District Court demanded from the Qualified-Disciplinary Commission of Lawyers to bring Vitaly Serdyuk, Ihor Fedorenko and Andriana Fozekosh to the responsibility due to the systematic disruption of the court process.
The judge of the Pechersk Court saw the violation of the professional ethics in the actions of the lawyers during the consideration of the appeal of the Prosecutor General's Office on the investigation against Yanukovych in the Euromaidan case in absentia. This appeal is considered by the court since September 27, 2017, and more than 15 court sessions took place.
Serdyuk claimed on January 4 when the decision was made public that he intends to appeal against it and noted that the actions of the judges will be estimated from the point of view of the presence of the signs of the crime such as making of a travesty of justice and hinder of the legal advocate activity.
Serdyuk claimed on December 27, 2017, that the authority intends to suspend him from the defense of Yanukovych by all forcible means.