Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov believes that the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych should be questioned not as a witness in cases of events on the capital’s Maidan, and as the main accused.
«You know what the problem is this interrogation (scheduled for 25 November, the interrogation by videoconference – ed)? That Yanukovych will be questioned as a witness, as strange as it sounds. This interview was initiated by protection of the soldiers of «Berkut» (now disbanded special forces of Internal troops of the interior Ministry – ed.), accused in the shooting of activists of Maidan. The Russians gave permission for the interrogation, just want to make a show where the «witness» Yanukovych will protect the Berkut and to throw mud at the Maidan,» — said Turchinov in an exclusive interview to Agency «Interfax-Ukraine».
Turchynov expressed confidence that Yanukovych does not recognize his guilt.
«He’s going to tell me that «eagle» was doing his duty, etc. the Court went towards the protection of suspects in the killings and became a tool for the implementation of another script. I am convinced that Yanukovych should be questioned not as a witness, and as the main accused and for good reason. Ranging from large-scale corruption and ending his personal responsibility for the execution of the Heavenly hundreds», — said Secretary of the NSDC.
In his opinion, Yanukovych also needs to be tried for treason: «Remember signed him appeal to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin on the introduction of troops to Ukraine. For this it is necessary to answer».
At the same time Turchynov expressed his belief that if the Ukrainian side can not provide its delivery to Ukraine — then there must be correspondence justice. «The Ukrainian court has to serve Ukraine and its laws, not to be extras in the scenario of the Russian special services,» — said Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine.
As previously reported, videotapes Yanukovych as a witness on 25 November plan to cover about 300 media representatives. Plenty of accredited Russian media. The ex-President of Ukraine will testify to the Rostov regional court.
The accused in this production are the five former members of the Kiev battalion «Berkut». 18 more are wanted. And seven former officials, including Viktor Yanukovych.
The case of the shooting of 48 people on Instytutska street on 20 February 2014, heard in the Svyatoshinsky district court for eighteen months.
Russian media reported that in the Russian Rostov-on-don on Friday, held a press conference Yanukovych on his videotapes in the Svyatoshinsky district court of Kiev. The event is scheduled for 18:00 Kyiv time.
Yanukovych need not examined as a witness, and as the main accused — Turchynov 25.11.2016