PGO: Yanukovych summoned for questioning through Uriadovyi Courier as videoconferencing was impossible

Issuance of subpoena to ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is a formal part of the conviction in absentia procedure.

Head of the Special Investigations Directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Serhii Horbatiuk said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday, Censor.NET informs citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"The court sanctioned special investigation in the criminal proceedings on suspicion of illegal financing of construction of a special telecommunication line as part of Ukrtelecom PJSC during the privatization of this enterprise by former President Yanukovych from the state budget," he said.

According to him, it was the very crime the involvement in which Viktor Yanukovych was served notice of suspicion and put into international wanted list as well as international arrest warrant was issued for him.

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Serhii Horbatiuk noted that the procedure of conviction of the suspect in absentia provides for notifying one of conducting investigation against one to ensure one's rights.

"A suspect should be notified on all cases of investigation through subpoena published in the Governmental daily newspaper Uriadovyi Courier and on the website of the Prosecutor General's Office, which has actually been done by summoning of the suspect for questioning scheduled for Aug. 11," the head of Special Investigations Directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office said.

He noted that summons is handed over to the defenders of a suspect in order to be passed to a one.

Serhii Horbatiuk reiterated that questioning of Yanukovych through videoconference was impossible then.

He explained that the international legal procedures were required for this proof to be properly issued.

"In this case we do not have confirmation of the Russian Federation that Yanukovych is on the territory of this country... We have submitted the documents demanding his extradition in January and there is still no response. So we do not actually have the possibility to organize a video conference," Serhii Horbatiuk added.

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