Fugitive ex-president of Ukraine Yanukovych sues incumbent chief prosecutor Lutsenko
Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has lodged a lawsuit with Kyiv's Pechersky District Court against Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko for the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation and refutation of inaccurate information.
This is stated on the website of the court, the lb.ua news outlet said.
According to the resolution, Yanukovych's claim filed on June 23 was accepted by the court for consideration.
However, the court's decision does not specify what exactly he wants to be refuted.
Hearings on Yanukovych's claim are scheduled for September 13.
In addition, the court ordered Lutsenko to provide a statement of defense within 15 days after he receives a ruling on the beginning of the proceedings.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the British law firm, Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP (JHA LLP), representing the interests of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, appealed to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko with an official letter. The letter required that the chief prosecutor should officially and publicly apologize for statements about Yanukovych voiced at a UN meeting on May 23, 2018, when Lutsenko announced the involvement of the ex-leader of Ukraine and his allies in the theft of $40 billion and a special confiscation of $1.5 billion under a ruling by Kramatorsk's District Court.
What is more, on July 30, Kyiv's District Court will start legal debates between the parties to the trial related to Yanukovych's high treason. On November 28, 2016, Yanukovych was indicted by Lutsenko at Kyiv's Sviatoshynsky district court on charges of treason, assistance to Russian authorities in deliberate actions aimed at redrawing the borders of Ukraine and conducting an aggressive war.
Yanukovych is being tried in absentia due to the fact that he is hiding from justice in Russian territory.