The decision on conviction in absentia of the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is postponed for an indefinite period, - reports Censor.NET.
"Kyiv Pechersky District Court postponed the consideration of a request by the Military Prosecutor's Office on granting permission for the pre-trial investigation in absentia into the criminal proceedings on Yanukovych's charges of high treason before Kyiv Court of Appeals decides on the jurisdiction of the case", - the message says.
At the beginning of the court session, Viktor Yanukovych’s advocates asked for withdrawal of prosecutors, however, Judge Christina Tarasyuk rejected their request.
After that, on December 26 the ex-president's defense team asked Kyiv Court of Appeals to change the court. The decision should be taken by the court within five days. In this regard, the defense has asked to postpone the court session. According to Yanukovych’s lawyers, the judges of Kyiv Pechersky District Court are not objective and allegedly are dependent of the prosecutor's office. As a result, the court granted a request and adjourned the session until Kyiv Court of Appeals makes its decision.
Yanukovych’s lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk