Yanukovych's defense to question more than one hundred witnesses, including Steinmeier, Ashton

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court did not make a decision on such appeal of the defense yet
18:52, 8 February 2018


The lawyers of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine, want to question the former Foreign Ministers of Germany, Poland and France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Radoslaw Sikorski, Laurent Fabius, Catherine Ashton, the former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and number of other politicians on the case of the state treason.

As Interfax-Ukraine reported, the advocates filed the second part of the list of witnesses around 103 people to Obolon District Court of Kyiv on February 7 and ask to provide their questioning.

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The defense claims that the former Foreign Minister of Germany, Poland, and France can speak on the circumstances of the signing of the Crisis Settlement Agreement dated February 21, 2014, as they participated in it.

The lawyers argue the questioning of Ashton with the fact that during EuroMaidan she communicated with the representatives of the opposition who later became the members of the new Ukrainian authority. There is the same reason for the questioning of Urmas Paet, the former Foreign Minister of Estonia. Moreover, the defense of Yanukovych thinks that Ashton and Paet can report the details of their phone talk about the murders of the activists of EuroMaidan.

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Also, Eric Fournier, the former Director of Continental Europe Department of the French Foreign Minister who signed the Crisis Settlement Agreement dated February 21, 2014, Elmar Brok, the Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, Oliever Bayi, the official representative of the European Commission in 2014, Argita Daudze and Petras Vaitiekunas, the former Ambassadors of Latvia and Lithuania to Ukraine, Astrid Thors, the former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and Leonid Kozhara, the former Foreign Minister of Ukraine are in the list for the questioning.

A few dozens of people are mentioned in the list as 'the citizens of Crimea'. According to the lawyers, these people can give their testimonies on the circumstances of the return to Crimea after February 20, 2014, of the citizens of Crimea who participated in the protests in Kyiv.

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The defense of Yanukovych filed the first part of the list that consists of 35 witnesses in the mid of January. They want to question Mykola Azarov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Andry Klyuev, the former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Vitaly Zakharchenko, the former Interior Minister of Ukraine. Moreover, Oleksandr Yakymenko, the former Head of the SBU, Stanislav Shuliak, the former Commander of Internal Troops of Ukraine, Pavlo Lebedev, the former Defense Minister, Yury Ilin, the former Commander of Navy and former Chief of the General Staff, Oleksandr Shchegolev, the former Head of the SBU in Kyiv and Kyiv region, Kostiantyn Kobzar, the former Chief of the Security Service of the Ukrainian president, Serhy Bernatsky, the former worker of the presidential security service and worker of 'Ukraerorukh'.

The significant number of the witnesses announced by the Yanukovych's defense is out of the territory of Ukraine, a lot of them are involved in the criminal proceedings.

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Previously, the Prosecutor General’s Office reported that the President Petro Poroshenko and the National Security Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov are among those yet to be interviewed; 23 witnesses are to be interviewed.

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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