The court confirmed the sentence to Yanukovych for treason – 13 years in prison

The decision is final and not subject to appeal.The full text of the court's decision will be made public on December 13 / photo REUTERSThe full text of the court’s decision will be made public on December 13 / photo REUTERS

The Cassation Court of the Supreme Court upheld the sentence to former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych – 13 years in prison for high treason and complicity in the conduct of an aggressive war.

As a UNIAN correspondent reports, the court’s decision says:

“The court ruled: the verdict of the Obolonsky District Court of Kiev of January 24, 2019 and the ruling of the Kiev Court of Appeal of October 2, 2020 against Yanukovych should be left unchanged, and the cassation complaints of Yanukovych’s defenders were dismissed. The decision is final and not subject to appeal.”

The full text of the court’s decision will be made public on December 13 at 15:30.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on January 24, 2019, the Obolonsky District Court of Kiev in absentia found Yanukovych guilty of high treason and complicity in the conduct of an aggressive war, sentencing the former president to 13 years in prison.

Yanukovych did not participate in the trial. After fleeing Ukraine in February 2014, he lives in Russia.

In October 2020, the Kiev Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Obolonsky District Court to convict the ex-president.

On November 17, 2021, law enforcement officers announced the completion of the pre-trial investigation into the case of Yanukovych and 9 officials, which covers the events from February 18 to February 20, 2014. All suspects will be tried in absentia, since they have been hiding from the investigation and the court since 2014. Now the defense has been informed about the completion and provision of access to the materials of the pre-trial investigation, after which the case will be sent to court.

On December 6, it became known that the District Administrative Court of Kiev registered the lawsuit of the fugitive president, in which he would appeal against the decision of the Verkhovna Rada for 2014 on his dismissal from office of the President of Ukraine.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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