During the next meeting of the Obolonsky court in Kiev on charges of treason, ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, the lawyer of the politician Vitaly Machacek filed a motion to recuse yourself. Despite the protests of the prosecution, the court allowed the defender to leave the process.
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According to Masachika offered to him the case was too complex so he could cope with it without help, which free lawyer can not be. In connection with the failure to provide quality protection, Machacek decided to withdraw from the case. As you know, Meshechek was appointed to process July 7, after exit said the lawyers of the former Ukrainian leader Vitaly Serdyuk and Igor Fedorenko.
Prosecutors say that after reviewing the case the lawyer volunteered to participate in the process, and then it seemed to him unbearable. The prosecution believes that the way Yanukovych is trying to delay the trial.
The search for the next free defender requested the Regional centre to provide free legal assistance in Kiev. Already on 6 September in the court room have to sit a new lawyer familiar with the case materials . Thus the panel of judges hopes to insure themselves against possible shifts in the future.
How long can this process, “MK” has found out from the experts:
Konstantin BONDARENKO, head of the Fund “Ukrainian politics”:
– In order to protect Yanukovych may take a variety of actions: substitution of attorneys, Declaration disqualification of judges, the questioning of certain witnesses and so on. However, after testimony Sergeeva and obnarodovany those letters that Yanukovych sent not only in Russia but in EU countries, it became clear that the proceedings will have to drive to a remote corner. Sooner or later this process will become a farce in and of itself will cease to excite Ukrainians.
In addition, each party extracts from this history are pluses. The prosecution understands that even in case of success, the verdict can be challenged in the ECHR. Yanukovych also derives from the court’s newsworthy, without which it will become useless. While for modern Ukraine the process is not important, as the prosecution doesn’t have any indisputable evidence of guilt of the former President.
– Recusal of lawyer Yanukovych is associated with the specifics of this case. Machacek could not communicate with his client or his representatives or as-that to influence the judicial process that is highly politicized. In such circumstances, to build a line of defense impossible. He didn’t even know what to say, so as not to create problems for yourself and your client. However, if in its place was the most expensive and highly professional attorney, he would have faced the same issues. In the end, Yanukovych will find some of the most passive defender, who will stay through the court. In principle, it could do and Machacek, but he was too responsible.