Ukraine is able to conduct a lawsuit against ex-president Victor Yanukovych not involving International Criminal Court in Hague. However, this requires amending Ukrainian legislation in part of absent investigations of organised criminal groups. Yuriy Lutsenko reported this via Skype from Hague on the air of one of the Ukrainian TV channels, reported by Ukrinform.
“Are we ready to bring not only allegations but also charges against Yanukovych here, in Ukraine, without ICC? The answer is positive. Yes. We are ready. There’s only one step left to make together with the Ukrainian parliament – to adopt the special article in the Criminal Procedure Code on absent investigations of organised criminal groups,” said Lutsenko.
The Prosecutor General noted that such an article doesn’t exist yet, but it is much needed.
“As soon as it is adopted – literally within a month – this will give the possibility to start considering the case and then pass the case to the court – the case against Yanukovych, suspected in huge economic fraud and other crimes,” – stressed Lutsenko.
Earlier it was reported that Rostov court expressed the readiness to organise Yanukovych’s interrogation. Svyatoshyn Court received notice of the possibility of questioning.