Kiev, Ukraine. In moves that would not be acceptable to international judicial bodies of justice at either the Hague or International Criminal Court in Rome, the show trial of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich got under way, without it’s most important element; Viktor Yanukovich.
The first preliminary session charging former president Viktor Yanukovych with high treason took place in Ukraine. Ukrainian media paid to hype the case, called it “The trial of the century”.
Viktor Yanukovych is being accused of committing crimes according to the criminal code of Ukraine, most notably “High treason”, “Complicity in intentional actions, committed with the goal of changing the territorial borders and state borders of Ukraine,” and “Complicity in aggressive warfare.”
The military prosecutor general’s office is putting emphasis on the fact that on March 1, 2014, Yanukovych contacted Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to bring military forces into Ukraine. At least that is the claim of Ukrainian prosecutors who have said nothing of calling American State Department employee Victoria Nuland, who admitted the United States overthrew the legally elected Yanukovich government.
At the preliminary session, Yanukovych’s defense came forward with about thirty motions concerning procedural violations by the Ukrainian prosecution. The attorneys accused Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko of interference in the automated court case allocation process.
They also state that the prosecutor general is putting pressure on the court by saying that this trial must be completed by August 24, 2017. However, the prosecutor general’s office has said that there are no deadlines regarding the adjudication of the Yanukovych high treason case.
On Thursday May 4, Vladislav Devyatko, presiding judge of the Kiev District Court, gave permission to Yanukovych’s defense to organize a video conference for their defendant to participate in the trial.
During the briefing, The prosecutor also stressed that the prosecution has a clear position – Yanukovych must be in a Ukrainian court and must answer for his actions and deeds in front of the Ukrainian nation and government. Kravchenko also noted that since Yanukovych does not acknowledge his guilt in the high treason case, the prosecution will request the most severe punishment for this crime, namely life imprisonment.
Yanukovich is in Rostov and has agreed to appear by video, but will not physically appear in a court run by a junta that with US backing, violently overthrew his legally elected government and replaced it, with American hand picked operatives engaged in treason to Ukraine themselves.
The former President was removed from an Interpol want list and is not currently being sought by any nation, court or organization outside of the Kiev junta.