Ukraine prosecutors believe latest court move in Yanukovych probe could launch extradition process

20:40, 05 May 2020
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REUTERS

The Pechersk District Court ruling to remand in custody former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, handed down in absentia in a case of "state power seizure" could start the procedure for the suspect's extradition from Russia where he had fled in 2014 amid the Revolution of Dignity, the Office of the Prosecutor General believes.

Prosecutors recall that proceedings in question are into the circumstances of Yanukovych seizing state power in September-October 2010 by taking action to amend the Constitution, aimed at illegally extending the range of his authority.

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"The court ruling entitles prosecutors to apply extradition," the statement says.

Also, prosecutors will ask the court permission to conduct a pre-trial investigation in absentia," the Office of the Prosecutor General added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Pechersk District Court in Kyiv granted the prosecutor's motion to remand Viktor Yanukovych in custody as part of an investigation into criminal proceedings regarding usurpation of power.

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