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 PGO refers Yanukovych treason case to court, - Lutsenko (updated)

The Prosecutor General's Office has sent the case against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to court.

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko said at a briefing, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"Today, March 14, as promised, representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office and the military prosecutor's office referred the case against Viktor Yanukovych to court," Lutsenko said.

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According to him, the prosecution will be represented by 27-year-old military prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko.

Lutsenko also stressed he meant the trial of Yanukovych in absentia.

"I believe this event to be extremely important since the Ukrainian court will be hearing high treason charges against the leader elected by the nation for the first time ever and the court will pass its verdict not 50, 100, or 300 years after the treason, but literally hard on the heels, " Lutsenko said.

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According to the law enforcer, the PGO has collected all the necessary evidence to bring charges against Yanukovych and substantiate suspicion of high treason.

"We have collected enough evidence of this disgraceful treason that our court must scrutinize and assess. Attention is drawn to the fact that we act in line with civilized European standards. The guilt will be proved in an open, competitive, and transparent trial," he said.

"We, as the prosecution, will do our best to ensure this process to meet these standards and to be successfully concluded, so that the whole Ukraine feels the rule of law and justice. I want us to understand that it is probably the first time when the PGO appears for the defense of the state and nation in such high-profile case. We will be defending our common national and state interests in court," he summed up.

On Jan. 30, the PGO completed a special pre-trial investigation against Yanukovych and provided the case materials to the defense lawyers. Prosecutor Kravchenko noted that the investigation had obtained many valuable testimonies, in particular from two deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
   
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