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The last word of Yanukovych can wait a few months

Последнее слово Януковича могут отложить на несколько месяцевThe ex-President wants to act in the presence of his lawyer, who needs to register in Russia.

On Tuesday, October 23, held a regular meeting on the case of treason of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. It became known that the last word of Yanukovych may be delayed for several months.

Now in the case are the debates that alternately are the lawyers of the defendant. Today, one hour – from 9:00 to 10:00 – it was read by Alexander Gorodinsky.

During the meeting, the lawyer gave the court a written statement of Yanukovych, received in Moscow. In this statement the ex-President asks court to give him the opportunity to speak via video conferencing, but only in the presence of his lawyer. For this lawyer Goroshinskaya must register with the Ministry of justice of Russia, which can take up to four months, but he promised to be controlled faster.

The court promised to the defender to provide “reasonable time” to complete this process.

Yanukovych also asked the court to remove from the process of headvoice Yuri Riabovol. The court denied this request.

The debate will continue on October 24 at 9:00. Soon they will be in this format as it is today – one hour a day.

Recall the debate last stage of the trial, after which a verdict will be announced.

Yanukovych is accused of treason (part 1 of article 111 of the criminal code), aiding separatism (part 5, article 27, part 3 of article 110 of the criminal code) and aiding in waging aggressive war (part 5, article 27, part 2 of article 437 of the criminal code). His trial in absentia because he is hiding from justice in Russia.

The Prosecutor’s office asked for it a sentence of 15 years in prison. In may 2017 the military Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko said that capital punishment in case of treason – life imprisonment and that is the punishment the prosecution intends to apply for.

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