Court finds Yanukovych's guilt of high treason, complicity in war proven
Kyiv's Obolonsky district court believes that there is sufficient evidence proving former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is guilty of treason and complicity in an aggressive war Russia has been waging against Ukraine.
"Despite a not guilty plea by the person accused, the court, having heard the testimony of witnesses, examined conclusions of experts, documents and material evidence, assessed the arguments of prosecution and defense, considers that the guilt of the accused in committing the crimes under Part 1 Article 111 (high treason), Part 5 Article 27, Part 2 Article 437 (complicity in conducting an aggressive war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine is duly proved by relevant and admissible evidence," the judge said.
The judges continue handing down the verdict in the courtroom.
The court's spokesperson Inna Svynarenko said that the admission of due evidence in the case of state treason does not automatically Yanukovych’s guilt under Article 111 of the Criminal Code (high treason), has been proven.
"Now it is being proclaimed that evidence is appropriate and permissible, and each piece of this evidence is being described."
She added that the ultimate decision on finding Yanukovych guilty or not guilty will be announced at the final part of the verdict.
UNIAN memo. Yanukovych is charged with treason, complicity with the Russian authorities, and deliberate actions committed to alter the state border of Ukraine in violation of the Ukrainian Constitution. He is also accused of waging an aggressive war. These are the crimes stipulated in Part 1 of Article 111, Part 5 of Article 27, Part 3 of Article 110, and Part 2 of Article 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The judicial panel of Kyiv's Obolon district court on June 29 granted the prosecution's request for special judicial proceedings in the Yanukovych case.
Ukrainian prosecutors request that the court sentence Yanukovych to a 15-year prison term.