Ex-leader of the Ukrainian state Viktor Yanukovych to be judged in absentia

Ex-leader of the Ukrainian state Viktor Yanukovych to be judged in absentiaThe Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv has determined the procedure for examination of evidence during the consideration of criminal proceedings on charges of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych of high treason and will continue the session at 10:00 on July 6.

This is reported by Interfax-Ukraine and 112 UA TV Channel.

Viktor Yanukovych, the ex-leader of the Ukrainian state will be judged in absentia. The Obolon district court in Kyiv ruled so since the refugee president did not show up again before the trail.

The prosecutor read the indictment, under which Yanukovych is charged with state treason. The lawyers object, saying they would file an appeal on the court’s decision. According to them, the reason Yanukovych misses court sessions is he fears for his life.

The court heard the positions of the prosecution and the defense regarding the procedure for interrogating witnesses and examining evidence.

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Viktor Yanukovych served as the president of Ukraine in 2010-2014. He was ousted during the anti-government protests, known as the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Back then, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country; the ex-Ukrainian leader has been residing in Russia ever since. The Ukrainian government repeatedly demanded that Yanukovych be repatriated, but Russia refused. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine charges Yanukovych of state treason, supporting Russian officials responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as waging aggressive war against the country.
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