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 Yanukovych must be interviewed as suspect rather than witness, - Turchynov

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov believes that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych must be questioned as the key suspect in the Maidan case.

"The problem is that Yanukovych will be questioned as a witness, as strange as it sounds. This interview was initiated by the defense of Berkut fighters accused of shooting at Maidan activists. By enabling this questioning, Russia just wants to make a show in which 'witness' Yanukovych will advocate the Berkut and demonize the Maidan," he said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

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Turchynov believes that Yanukovych will not plead guilty.

"He'll say the Berkut were doing their duty and so on. The court supported the defense of those suspected of murders and turned into a tool in somebody else's game. I am convinced that Yanukovych must be questioned not as a witness but as the main suspect, and there is every reason for that. Starting from a large-scale corruption and ending with his personal responsibility for executing the Heavenly Hundred," the NSDC secretary said.

He adds Yanukovych must be tried for high treason.

"Just think of his request to Putin to bring troops in Ukraine. This should be punished. If we can't have him delivered in Ukraine, he must be tried in absentia. The Ukrainian court must serve Ukraine and its laws rather than be a character in a scenario of Russia's security services," Turchynov said.

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