Protection of fugitive ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on February 22 asked the Obolon district court of Kiev to question the seven witnesses for the prosecution, the correspondent of «GORDON».
Representatives of the General Prosecutor’s office told the court that they no longer insist on questioning these witnesses, as already collected «enough information» and evidence.
In this case, the defence claimed, in particular, interrogation of the former head of the State border service of Ukraine Mykola Lytvyn.
The court rejected the counsel in this petition and agreed to proceed to the examination of defence witnesses.
The presiding judge in the Obolon district court of Kiev Vladislav Devyatko asked the lawyers of Yanukovych to specify the exact address of residence in Russia, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, former interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former head of the security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Yakimenko and other defence witnesses.
The lawyers asked the court to depose via video conferencing residing in Russia annexed the Crimea, ex-Minister of defence Pavel Lebedev and eks-the chief of the General staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine Yuri Ilyin. The court also asked the defence to indicate the exact address of these witnesses.
In addition, a panel of judges decided to summon for questioning in the court summons more witnesses, in particular former Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara, as well as employee «Ukraeroruh» Andrei Chertkov – he negotiated with the pilot of the helicopter, which moved during the flight of Yanukovych.
The court asked defense counsel to prepare the attendance of witnesses at 10.00 on 1 March 2018.
Protection must prepare a petition for the court appearance of a former head of the Main Department of the security Service of Ukraine in Kiev and Kiev region Alexander Shchegolev, who currently remains in custody.
Obolonskiy district court of Kyiv adjourned the meeting until 10.00 a.m. on 28 February.
In the Obolon court of Kyiv is considering the case against Yanukovych of treason. He is charged with three articles of the Criminal code of Ukraine: part 5, article 27 (treason), part 2 of article 437 (aiding in waging aggressive war), part 3 of article 110 (aiding and abetting in the violation of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine that resulted in the death of people or other grave consequences).
On 21 February the court via videoconference interviewed the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Judges prematurely terminated the interrogation, citing the fact that the defense asks questions not related to the case.
The court refused the protection of Yanukovych in the examination of prosecution witnesses, the meeting adjourned to February 28 22.02.2018