The former dictator Viktor Yanukovych arrives in the court on the territory of the Russian Federation to participate in a videoconference in a meeting of the Obolonskiy district court of Kyiv on the case on charges of his treason. About this to journalists before the meeting, the lawyer said the fugitive Vitaly Serdyuk.

According to the representative of protection, the lack of Yanukovych in the court room in Russia – allegedly the result of “lack of challenge”. Serdyuk referred to the European Convention on human rights.

Another reason for the absence the lawyer called a “threat to life” for his client. The lawyer believes that the threat was “in the form of shots” and should “directly from people’s deputies.” The video of “threats” will be shown at trial on videotape, he added.

On 26 June the court has transferred for the same reason. The court can’t start the trial of Yanukovych on the merits.

In addition, the lawyers of the former dictator are going to make a request to call witnesses – more than 200 people, where, according to Serdyuk, includes senior officials of Ukraine and the heads of EU countries.

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28 November 2016, the Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko announced the notification about the suspected Yanukovych of treason. On 15 December the Pechersky court of Kiev allowed to detain the former dictator and bring him to court, 20 January 2017, the court gave permission for the correspondence investigation.

On March 14, the Prosecutor passed to the court indictment: Yanukovych is suspected of committing crimes under part 1 of article 111 (high treason), paragraph 5 of article 27, part 3 of article 110 (intentional complicity in acts committed with the aim of changing the boundaries of the territory and the state border) and part 5 article 27, part 2 of article 437 (aiding in waging aggressive war) of the criminal code.

Earlier in the meeting, the lawyers of Yanukovych, said the head of the GPU supposedly has the ability to influence the work of the court due to the presence of disciplinary proceedings against presiding judges.

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Yanukovych had ignored the court: the defense says about the “threat of life” 29.06.2017

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