Yanukovych's lawyers withdraw from trial process in Kyiv
Vitaliy Serdiuk and Ihor Fedorenko, the lawyers of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, have announced they are withdrawing from the trial in Kyiv's Obolonskiy district court, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The lawyers said they would not participate in Thursday's court hearing, since Yanukovych issued a statement to terminate a contract with them, and they also drew up a corresponding statement.
The lawyers also said that Yanukovych had taken such a decision after a preliminary court hearing last Thursday when he was denied participation in the trial and the accession of several witnesses to the trial was banned.
Read alsoYanukovych, his law enforcement chiefs face new charges in 2014 Maidan probe"Key unlawful, wrongful decisions were made to deny the questioning of the witnesses in court. They were about the refusal of Yanukovych's participation in the process," Serdiuk said.
The lawyers also do not exclude that, in connection with their withdrawal from the process, the court may decide to provide Yanukovych with lawyers from the center for free legal assistance.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the judicial panel of Kyiv's Obolonskiy district court on June 29 granted the prosecution's request for special judicial proceedings in the case of ex-President Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine to Russia after the Revolution of Dignity.
UNIAN memo. Yanukovych is charged with treason, complicity with the Russian authorities, deliberate actions committed to redraw the borders of the territory and 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.