The Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine would require a life sentence for Yanukovych

General Prosecutor’s office will ask the court to sentence the ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, passing on the case of treason, to life imprisonment. This was stated by the Prosecutor of Department of the Main military Prosecutor’s office (PGO), the representative of the prosecution Ruslan Kravchenko, reports “112 Ukraine”.

“The prosecution due to the fact that the accused and the accused Yanukovych during the implementation of the pre-trial investigation pleaded not guilty, will apply only for the Supreme penalty — a life imprisonment”, — said Kravchenko. He also expressed confidence that in the event of a conviction, the case “will be held all instances, even if the defense wants to file a complaint with the ECHR”.

Earlier on Thursday, may 4, Obolonskiy district court of Kiev began preliminary hearing on the case of treason Yanukovych. The court partially granted the defense motion and allowed the former President to participate in a preliminary meeting via videoconference. The hearing was rescheduled for may 18.

In Ukraine Yanukovych is suspected of treason and “aiding Russia in deliberate actions to change the boundaries of the country and waging aggressive war”. January 20, 2017, the Pechersk district court of Kyiv allowed the Prosecutor General’s office to conduct the correspondence, the investigation of treason Yanukovych. In March 2017 the military Prosecutor’s office transferred the materials of the criminal case against Yanukovych to the court.

Viktor Yanukovych left Ukraine on February 22, 2014 because of the events on the Maidan. At a press conference held in Rostov-on-don on 28 February, he stated that he was forced to leave the country “under immediate threat of his life and the lives of their loved ones.”

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine believes that the former President “is actually hiding from law-enforcement bodies” of the country. Yanukovych himself said that he would return to Ukraine only under condition of safety.

2 may the lawyer Yanukovych Vitaliy Serdyuk said that his client appealed to the European court of human rights (ECHR) due to the attempts of conviction. According to Serdyuk, Ukrainian courts prevent Yanukovych’s participation in the trial.