The trial of Viktor Yanukovych on charges of treason virtually not moved from the dead point. Today’s meeting is the third time that has passed without participation of the accused, as the Ukrainian side for 25 days, unable to send to Russia a request for assistance in the organization of video conferencing, as required by international standards. Protection of the defendant is confident that without the presence of Yanukovych’s verdict cannot be considered legitimate.
Despite the absence of the defendant Obolon district court of Kyiv sees no problem to continue the preparatory meeting. All the words of protection that Viktor Yanukovych wants to participate in the process and willing to testify pass by the ears of Ukrainian judges. Moreover, the very article which accused the former head of “independence” can change — the Kyiv court of Appeals has not yet ruled on the complaint about the change of jurisdiction of a case, therefore, the defence request for postponement is quite logical. But not for presiding judge Victor Devyatko, rejected both requests of lawyers of the former President. According to the defense because of the stubbornness of the Ukrainian judges the process can take a year or two, maybe more.
The prosecution, in turn, continues to insist that Yanukovych’s participation is not necessary. The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office back on the old hurdy-gurdy that in the three volumes of the criminal case wine Yanukovych fully proven, so the trial can be held in absentia.
“The prosecution wants to create the illusion of having materials. Three volumes, which provided us, in fact, empty”, — commented on the materials of the criminal case, the lawyer Yanukovych Vitaly Seduc.
In addition, the defense was required to ensure the appearance in court of the chief Prosecutor of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko to interrogate the current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov and the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Chop.
“These people were directly involved in the events of 2014, so they have questions as the defending side and the Yanukovych”, — petitioned Seduc.
Even though all 230 of motions filed by lawyers for the defendants do not ensure that the Ukrainian court will take over the head and cease to hold a farce of a trial. The fact that such a resonant and loud for Ukraine it is without the participation of the main face on the face demonstrates the “transparency” of the process. Even the Ukrainian media do not deny the excessive politicization of the criminal case.
According to the Deputy head of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin the current Ukrainian authorities are afraid of the testimony of the former President, therefore, deliberately try to hold the trial in absentia.
“If Yanukovych will have the opportunity to testify, the Ukrainian media will be forced to give his words to the public. When was the last time they did it (we are talking about the trial of former fighters of division “Golden eagle”, where Yanukovych was held as a witness), then his words were positively perceived in society, so they are out trying to make his interrogation by video conference did not take place”, — says the analyst.
Recall that in March this year, the Military Prosecutor’s office of Ukraine submitted to the court indictment in the case of Viktor Yanukovych. However, over the three months the trial was not moved from the dead point.
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